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Title: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gabrielconroy on July 22, 2018, 12:32:01 PM
There are now a mere NINETEEN (19) days until the start of the Premier League and other assorted club association football competitions.

Seeing as the previous WC thread sadly failed to deliver on its "coming home" promise and Are Gareth and Pals have returned from their adventure in Russia, let's get on with it and start a new thread. Unless there already is one that I haven't seen, in which case, new thread, ignore.

Who's going to win the 3rd biggest one, the EPL? For me, Clive, it's hard to look past Manchester City FC, although Liverpool and Spurs have got to be in the reckoning. No one wants Utd to win, presumably, not even a single game, but I suppose they've got some good players as well.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on July 22, 2018, 01:01:09 PM
Not really following the football anymore but Man Utd can't not win it again.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gmoney on July 22, 2018, 01:15:12 PM
It's "Ball, ball, ball. Footy, footy, footy".

Gah!
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: kitsofan34 on July 22, 2018, 01:31:40 PM
christ it just never ends, does it? The Football. It never stops, it never stops, an endless merry go round, spinning...spinning...spinning....I WANNA GET OFF, JUST FOR A LIL WHILE.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on July 22, 2018, 01:37:46 PM
Arsenal to finish above Chelsea.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on July 22, 2018, 01:38:44 PM
Arsenal to finish above Chelsea.

Chelsea to finish above Huddersfield.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: EOLAN on July 22, 2018, 01:42:40 PM
Chelsea to win the League this season and avoid relegation on the last day in 2019/20.

Anyway, will there be a big live CAB thread for the Carabao Cup draws at round 4 am in the morning this season.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: smudge1971 on July 22, 2018, 01:45:44 PM
Premier League is all played out now. It's all about the Championship. Especially since my lot are in there.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on July 22, 2018, 01:50:11 PM
It's all about the Championship. Especially since my lot are in there.
It gets old when you've been there (and briefly lower) for 20 odd years...
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 22, 2018, 01:53:51 PM
Tranmere vs Man City Juniors in the checkatrade Cup is the big one for me Andy
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: George Oscar Bluth II on July 22, 2018, 02:14:27 PM
Jesus Christ it's too early. Does anyone seriously want the fucking Premier League back in like two weeks time.

No. No-one does.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on July 22, 2018, 02:19:27 PM
Liverpool dropping huge amounts all over the shop suggest that this season is going to be their big push for the title. I know this can be said of all the teams every season, but my eyes are watering looking at these prices, Clive. Still think Manchester City will win it again at a canter again, though.

Manchester United to be a joyless void somewhere in the top four. Playing relegation football but somehow maintaining a steady league position all the way. Mourinho's tenure to out-last Alex Ferguson's.

Spurs seem overdue a bad season. It feels unnatural, finishing high every year. It cannot last. But however poor it is, it won't be as bad as Arsenal or Chelsea's. I reckon they're going to be shocking.

As with almost everyone, I am utterly useless at predicting football.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on July 22, 2018, 02:20:48 PM
No. No-one does.

Ah come on now. For a start, we have nothing else in our lives. Second, it's better than having to read BBC News articles about Everton beating Austrian pub teams 22:0 in friendlies.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: ziggy starbucks on July 22, 2018, 02:23:34 PM
only 4 years till the next world cup..........

I'll probably be dead by 2022
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on July 22, 2018, 02:25:28 PM
only 4 years till the next world cup..........

I'll probably be dead by 2022

Don't worry it'll be a Qatarstrophe! Hehe
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Post by: monolith on July 22, 2018, 02:36:41 PM
only 4 years till the next world cup..........

I'll probably be dead by 2022
And it won’t be a proper World Cup as it will be in November.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on July 22, 2018, 03:07:53 PM
It's "Ball, ball, ball. Footy, footy, footy".

Gah!

Yeah, this is going to annoy me for a whole year.

Predictions:

Exactly the same top 4 as last year, Arsenal and Chelsea swapping positions. Hope I'm wrong and Man U fall down again.

Liverpool make it 7 times Ronaldo's Juventus to beat Buffon's PSG in the Champions League final.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: smudge1971 on July 22, 2018, 03:12:15 PM
It gets old when you've been there (and briefly lower) for 20 odd years...
It been almost a decade for us (Blackburn) but it is preferable to BFS keeping us in the Prem with hoofball win-scrapes and conceding every game against the Big 6. Hope things go well for you, whoever your team is.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gabrielconroy on July 22, 2018, 04:20:37 PM
Yeah, this is going to annoy me for a whole year.

Predictions:

Exactly the same top 4 as last year, Arsenal and Chelsea swapping positions. Hope I'm wrong and Man U fall down again.

Liverpool make it 7 times Ronaldo's Juventus to beat Buffon's PSG in the Champions League final.

Fine! I changed it - happy now???!?!?!??
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on July 22, 2018, 04:22:10 PM
Fine! I changed it - happy now???!?!?!??

Yes!

And to celebrate here is the World Cup edition of that song: https://soundcloud.com/adam-buxton/the-footie-song-world-cup-edition
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 22, 2018, 04:31:20 PM
Premier League is all played out now. It's all about the Championship. Especially since my lot are in there.

Now we’re cooking. Villa to do absolutely nothing (except possibly go into administration). Ferris to cry by end of season.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on July 22, 2018, 04:36:40 PM
Now we’re cooking. Villa to do absolutely nothing (except possibly go into administration). Ferris to cry by end of season.

Is John Terry still at Villa? I mean, I could Google it but I don't want his name in my Google search history.

I was looking up 'Child pornography laws in the United Kingdom' earlier but there's got to be limits.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 22, 2018, 05:23:29 PM
Is John Terry still at Villa? I mean, I could Google it but I don't want his name in my Google search history.

I was looking up 'Child pornography laws in the United Kingdom' earlier but there's got to be limits.

No, he’s fucked off into the sunset. New owners are selling everything that isn’t nailed down. Desolation. I feel nothing.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Squink on July 22, 2018, 07:34:45 PM
East Fife 4 Forfar 5 has become a reality (sort of). Momentous day for the game in Scotland, Clive. Harry Kane’s brother sent off in the match, too. Amazing scenes.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44916496
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: ElTwopo on July 22, 2018, 08:07:47 PM
My favourite footy scoreline is East Fife 4 Brechin 2 (Electric Boogaloo)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Lurker on July 22, 2018, 08:37:44 PM
Is there a CAB Fantasy Premier League set up? I've seen threads about other years but haven't seen one about this season.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 22, 2018, 11:18:23 PM
Is there a CAB Fantasy Premier League set up? I've seen threads about other years but haven't seen one about this season.

Ooh, I’d be up for this actually. I have a godlike ability to navigate any group of players to the bottom of any division. Like a millstone, I am.

Watch: Benteke will be massive for Palace this season. Marvel as he now goes on to do nothing.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gabrielconroy on July 23, 2018, 12:13:59 AM
Is there a CAB Fantasy Premier League set up? I've seen threads about other years but haven't seen one about this season.

I don't think there is one yet, so I just made one (classic scoring system).

Code is 994300-221259
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on July 23, 2018, 08:13:19 AM
I don't think there is one yet, so I just made one (classic scoring system).

Code is 994300-221259

Linky?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gabrielconroy on July 23, 2018, 08:31:20 AM
Linky?

Er, not sure there is a link to the league itself. Try going here and entering the code above: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/leagues/join/private

You will probably need to sign up first if you haven't already.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: checkoutgirl on July 23, 2018, 08:36:36 AM
christ it just never ends, does it? The Football. It never stops, it never stops, an endless merry go round, spinning...spinning...spinning....I WANNA GET OFF, JUST FOR A LIL WHILE.

It stops every second summer unless you count the Africa Cup of Nations and that.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on July 23, 2018, 08:49:48 AM
The link to the site is what I needed. Ta.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Hat FM on July 23, 2018, 09:45:52 AM
quite looking forward to seeing if torreira makes arsenal's midfield work with ramsey and xhaka ahead of him. if it does i think we'll be heading for 4th at least.

would love man u to finish outside of the top 4. hate mourinho.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on July 23, 2018, 09:48:12 AM
Quite looking forward to seeing Ramsey snapping his leg in half again.
Title: Re: Goal, Goal, Goal - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on July 23, 2018, 10:45:37 AM
It been almost a decade for us (Blackburn) but it is preferable to BFS keeping us in the Prem with hoofball win-scrapes and conceding every game against the Big 6. Hope things go well for you, whoever your team is.
Forest. Usually among the favourites to win the thing every year but haven't even made the playoffs for 7 years. Another year of mid table mediocrity even with the recent money put in I suspect. Beating Lampard's Derby would be extra nice though.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Blinder Data on July 23, 2018, 12:47:58 PM
Quite looking forward to seeing Ramsey snapping his leg in half again.

Stop being weird and unpleasant.

Liverpool to win it, I think.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on July 23, 2018, 01:10:17 PM
I think Man City have to get a lot worse and at least one team get a lot better before there's any title race to speak of.
They were LOADS better than everyone else last season, and don't look any weaker this time around.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on July 23, 2018, 01:22:41 PM
Stop being weird and unpleasant.

Liverpool to win it, I think.

I obviously don't want that to happen but I despise Aaron Ramsey.

If Liverpool win the league while i'm alive i'll give 200 pound to charity.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 23, 2018, 01:59:17 PM
France to win
Croatia, Peru and England to go down
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Lurker on July 23, 2018, 02:42:07 PM
I don't think there is one yet, so I just made one (classic scoring system).

Code is 994300-221259

I'm in, thanks!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: phantom_power on July 23, 2018, 03:37:45 PM
Mourinho has already managed to suck the joy and excitement out of the season already with his mardy press conferences and general summer behaviour. Either he is angling to fuck off (please!) and is framing it as being all the club's fault for failing to back him, or he is preparing for another anti-football joyless slog of a season
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 23, 2018, 03:40:23 PM
I'm in, thanks!

Also joined. Pleased to see my mid-table gang of plodders are already mid-table. We shall remain there all season, unerringly unflushable.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on July 23, 2018, 03:52:47 PM
Richarlison having a medical now. £35m despite the Beeb's vehement anti-Toffee snark suggesting £50m, following their determination to report the Lukaku transfer at £75m when it would have been £90m if we play the Richarlison game.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on July 23, 2018, 04:39:58 PM
Mourinho has already managed to suck the joy and excitement out of the season already with his mardy press conferences and general summer behaviour. Either he is angling to fuck off (please!) and is framing it as being all the club's fault for failing to back him, or he is preparing for another anti-football joyless slog of a season

When it was all smiles and joy and laughter during the World Cup I briefly thought of Mourinho and felt a wave of despair and boredom.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: wosl on July 23, 2018, 05:31:09 PM
Villo auto promotion to the Prem, cheers thanks
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 23, 2018, 07:07:44 PM
Villo auto promotion to the Prem, cheers thanks

Nooooo...they said "never again" and I believed them.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on July 23, 2018, 07:09:00 PM
Villo auto promotion to the Prem, cheers thanks

More chance of aliens making First Contact at Villa Park, but thanks for the vote of confidence.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on July 23, 2018, 09:19:11 PM
Sarri wins the league causes a 606 storm for smoking in the dugout and cops a ban for calling Poch a poofter and Mourinho an arse bandit
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 23, 2018, 10:37:30 PM
Just leave this here

England 0 - 5 France, today.

U-19 Euros. Defending champpos dumped right out.

(https://i.imgur.com/KOWRog6.jpg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 24, 2018, 08:27:36 PM
Arthur, Douglas, Malco(l)m, Den(n)is, Lionel and Gerard at Barcelona next season. The cast of Minder?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on July 24, 2018, 10:34:51 PM
https://twitter.com/queensparkfc/status/1021856139447881733
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: smudge1971 on July 25, 2018, 11:35:44 AM
https://twitter.com/queensparkfc/status/1021856139447881733
I suspected John Terry would make a dramatic return to football. Keegan was airlifted off the pitch, Robinho was parachuted onto the pitch, JT was dropped by his verminous dad.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Trojan_Jockey on July 25, 2018, 01:52:16 PM
https://twitter.com/queensparkfc/status/1021856139447881733

I bet the squirrel miraculously came back to life as soon as his team won possession.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on July 25, 2018, 02:01:01 PM
The upcoming season looks like it's going to be fantastic. I know the ever-expanding coffers of PL clubs is a #badthing, but seeing teams like Wolves and Fulham able to buy top players like Seri, Schurrle, Patricio and Moutinho means the league is ever more competitive.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bogbrainedmurphy on July 25, 2018, 02:13:57 PM
The upcoming season looks like it's going to be fantastic. I know the ever-expanding coffers of PL clubs is a #badthing, but seeing teams like Wolves and Fulham able to buy top players like Seri, Schurrle, Patricio and Moutinho means the league is ever more competitive.

Agree, will be great to watch as an outsider. Quite happy to be watching my team struggling to stay in Championship though, might be made to feel like its the Promised Land but I've no wish to be back in that money circus any time soon.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on July 25, 2018, 02:49:42 PM
Post-tournament seasons always take a while to get me fully interested for some reason.
This one seems to be starting even earlier than normal.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on July 25, 2018, 03:16:20 PM
Looking forward to a year of midtable mediocrity for Alty. Can't compete with moneybags in the Conf North. 13th place and 6 points of the Chuckle Brothers of Chester would be good. Oh and beating Stockport.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 25, 2018, 03:29:32 PM
Looking forward to a year of midtable mediocrity for Alty. Can't compete with moneybags in the Conf North. 13th place and 6 points of the Chuckle Brothers of Chester would be good. Oh and beating Stockport.

I’ve asked BGMNTS to put a fiver on you getting promoted.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on July 25, 2018, 03:42:59 PM
I’ve asked BGMNTS to put a fiver on you getting promoted.

?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2018, 02:23:20 AM
?

Alright, I'm saying it, Alty automatic promotion.... ;)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on July 26, 2018, 09:22:54 AM
Chatham Town v Gillingham on Tuesday. 1-1. Last year it was 12-0 to the Gills.

"Lovell Out!" I was ready to spew from the terrace until I was informed that we were simultaneously beating Eastleigh 4-0.
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Post by: im barry bethel on July 26, 2018, 04:50:11 PM
Chatham Town v Gillingham on Tuesday.

Like a Sports Direct catalogue come to life
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Post by: Trojan_Jockey on July 26, 2018, 05:41:19 PM
Alright, I'm saying it, Alty automatic promotion.... ;)

Are Alty spending big money or something? Salford and Harrogate have gone, thank God, but it's hard to compete with the likes of York, Brackley, even Nuneton and Spennymoor. Lots of silly teams with sugar daddies. As for Darlo, we will be very happy with the play-offs this year.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2018, 05:45:07 PM
Are Alty spending big money or something? Salford and Harrogate have gone, thank God, but it's hard to compete with the likes of York, Brackley, even Nuneton and Spennymoor. Lots of silly teams with sugar daddies. As for Darlo, we will be very happy with the play-offs this year.

Big club syndrome.
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Post by: jobotic on July 26, 2018, 05:51:09 PM
Like a Sports Direct catalogue come to life

Not with us hipsters drinking real ale at the bar it wasn't.
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Post by: holyzombiejesus on July 26, 2018, 09:49:35 PM
This season I just want 7 things. A boring, safe season with a mid table finish and 6 points from the wretched Tranmere Rovers.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on July 26, 2018, 11:00:24 PM
This season I just want 7 things. A boring, safe season with a mid table finish and 6 points from the wretched Tranmere Rovers.

5 years ago, you offered to host me for the Vale home game.
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Post by: finnquark on July 27, 2018, 12:28:34 AM
Are Alty spending big money or something? Salford and Harrogate have gone, thank God, but it's hard to compete with the likes of York, Brackley, even Nuneton and Spennymoor. Lots of silly teams with sugar daddies. As for Darlo, we will be very happy with the play-offs this year.

No, we'll do well to finish top ten. The manager is a good egg and the club is making some steps to increase investment/sponsorship, but it won't be enough to get promoted. The manager will then demand we go full time next year, which we won't do, and he will leave for a job in the conference national. Top ten conf north is (sadly) probably our level now.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on July 27, 2018, 11:48:37 PM
5 years ago, you offered to host me for the Vale home game.

That was before you [redacted].

I don't think Vale will be in the relegation zone this season. We've signed ex non-league goal/ drinking machine Ricky Miller and a defender from TNS.

As an aside, if anyone enjoyed that World Cup competition shambles that I 'ran', the official football season one is out now. It's a tenner to enter but all the entry fees are given back out as prizes. I really enjoy playing it and if anyone else wants to take a look, I can either pass on the organiser's details via PM or send you the entry form if you give me your email address.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Mobius on July 28, 2018, 12:39:17 PM
Just watching the Arsenal Vs PSG friendly from some overseas corporate sponsored friendly tournament and instead of the coin toss at the beginning they tossed a credit card...
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Post by: BlodwynPig on July 28, 2018, 03:34:59 PM
Just watching the Arsenal Vs PSG friendly from some overseas corporate sponsored friendly tournament and instead of the coin toss at the beginning they tossed a credit card...

That's it. No more top level football.

and Buffon shipped 3 goals in a 5-1 defeat.
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Post by: finnquark on July 30, 2018, 11:54:52 AM
The Channel 4 documentary on West Brom last night was amazing, some great stuff with Pulis and some of the players as the season went on. The interview with the 3 players after a Pards training session was revealing, incredible the club sanctioned it in a way.
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Post by: imitationleather on July 30, 2018, 12:10:07 PM
The Channel 4 documentary on West Brom last night was amazing, some great stuff with Pulis and some of the players as the season went on. The interview with the 3 players after a Pards training session was revealing, incredible the club sanctioned it in a way.

Wasn't aware this was on. Shall have to check it out, Clive.

In the "clubs falling apart" genre of documentaries, how did it stack against Premier Passions (Sunderland) and The Four Year Plan (QPR)? Two must-watches right there, Andy.
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Post by: finnquark on July 30, 2018, 12:30:42 PM
Not really the same thing as those, although the stuff with the players gave an interesting idea about the stresses.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: PowerButchi on August 01, 2018, 06:00:02 AM
This season promises to be the worst in history unless Wrexham reclaim their rightful place at the (in the) Football League table. Anything else is a washout and will disappoint everyone other than the six fingered fans of Jester FC.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: buttgammon on August 01, 2018, 10:03:18 AM
This season promises to be the worst in history unless Wrexham reclaim their rightful place at the (in the) Football League table. Anything else is a washout and will disappoint everyone other than the six fingered fans of Jester FC.

It's been ten years already.

DESOLATION!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: PowerButchi on August 01, 2018, 10:05:16 AM
Hopefully the Danny Ward windfall is put to good use.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on August 01, 2018, 01:16:06 PM
Hopefully the Danny Ward windfall is put to good use.

You're welcome.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 01, 2018, 04:21:33 PM
This season promises to be the worst in history unless Wrexham reclaim their rightful place at the (in the) Football League table. Anything else is a washout and will disappoint everyone other than the six fingered fans of Jester FC.

Soaring higher and higher before you even get off the ground.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on August 01, 2018, 04:42:12 PM
Wrexham have signed Port Vale's injury prone, third choice goalkeeper. Desolation.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: buttgammon on August 01, 2018, 05:11:02 PM
Since when was Jussi Jaaskelainen the goalkeeping coach at Wrexham? Just heard about this for the first time.

Apologies for turning this into the Wrexham thread.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 01, 2018, 06:26:46 PM
Since when was Jussi Jaaskelainen the goalkeeping coach at Wrexham? Just heard about this for the first time.

Apologies for turning this into the Wrexham thread.

Even the Wrexham forum doesn't talk much about Wrexham, so may as well give them a bit of limelight.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: buttgammon on August 01, 2018, 07:23:05 PM
Fair point! A few threads have been derailed by general Wrexham chat before, but I don't remember it happening in a football thread.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 01, 2018, 07:27:57 PM
I knew a lad who said he'd fuck off supporting Liverpool because they were shit and the prices were too high (he rarely travelled to Anfield from his Midlands home). I said he could follow Wrexham instead as they were a lower league club and quite close to his beloved reds. Because he had no sense of direction he ended up at Wroxham FC in Norfolk and has been a fan ever since. I found out by asking him if he had seen the team play - "oh yeah, dirt cheap, small ground, good pies...but that Welsh accent is hard to understand".
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Lost Oliver on August 01, 2018, 09:38:12 PM
I knew a lad who said he'd fuck off supporting Liverpool because they were shit and the prices were too high (he rarely travelled to Anfield from his Midlands home). I said he could follow Wrexham instead as they were a lower league club and quite close to his beloved reds. Because he had no sense of direction he ended up at Wroxham FC in Norfolk and has been a fan ever since. I found out by asking him if he had seen the team play - "oh yeah, dirt cheap, small ground, good pies...but that Welsh accent is hard to understand".

This is too good to be true.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on August 01, 2018, 11:36:52 PM
Fair point! A few threads have been derailed by general Wrexham chat before, but I don't remember it happening in a football thread.

Happens all the time.

Does Arfon Griffiths still run that newsagent?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: PowerButchi on August 02, 2018, 02:47:42 AM
Even the Wrexham forum doesn't talk much about Wrexham, so may as well give them a bit of limelight.

I'll have you know the RedPassion forum is full of naysaying and verbally hanging oneself from our fucking massive floodlights.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: PowerButchi on August 02, 2018, 02:49:53 AM
Happens all the time.

Does Arfon Griffiths still run that newsagent?

I dunno but Dai Davies has a holistic therapy place in Llangollen, Steve Watkin is an accountant who doesn't like talking about football these days (and a top, top guy), and Jester are a joke of a club.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on August 02, 2018, 03:12:00 AM
I dunno but Dai Davies has a holistic therapy place in Llangollen, Steve Watkin is an accountant who doesn't like talking about football these days (and a top, top guy), and Jester are a joke of a club.

I saw Joey Jones in the Four Dogs and walking his dog on Prices Lane. That's going back a bit, mind.

Came close to opening a Bureau de Change with Mickey Thomas.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: buttgammon on August 02, 2018, 09:21:39 AM
I live in Dublin and Shamrock Rovers are my local team, and when I say I'm from Wrexham, people seem to know an unusual amount about our team. Bizarrely, Rovers don't like Wrexham (the football club anyway, I can't comment on the town) because there is a connection with the fans of their rivals Bohemians. Wrexham and Shamrock Rovers must be one of the few examples I can think of of a rivalry between teams that have probably never played each other.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 02, 2018, 09:31:00 AM
Fucking gogs.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 02, 2018, 02:52:36 PM
I live in Dublin and Shamrock Rovers are my local team, and when I say I'm from Wrexham, people seem to know an unusual amount about our team. Bizarrely, Rovers don't like Wrexham (the football club anyway, I can't comment on the town) because there is a connection with the fans of their rivals Bohemians. Wrexham and Shamrock Rovers must be one of the few examples I can think of of a rivalry between teams that have probably never played each other.

a google search reveals several riots involving "coked-up Wrexham hooligans" in Dublin after Shamrock vs. Bohemian games.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: buttgammon on August 02, 2018, 06:21:23 PM
I'm aware of the trouble, but what's confused me is where the Wrexham/Bohs connection comes from in the first place. I've heard people say Bohs played a European qualifier against a Welsh team at The Racecourse and it started then, but the closest I can find is one they played against TNS in Oswestry and another against Rhyl that was played in Rhyl, so I'm assuming they have got this mixed up with a friendly.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on August 03, 2018, 10:49:53 AM
OK that's enough Wrexham.

Fulham have bought well haven't they? Won the transfer window, haven't they?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gabrielconroy on August 03, 2018, 11:02:41 AM
OK that's enough Wrexham.

Fulham have bought well haven't they? Won the transfer window, haven't they?

I'd say that trophy goes to Wolves, who seem to have bought half the Portuguese national team for three packs of crisps and a signed picture of Steve Bull.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 03, 2018, 11:12:16 AM
Oooh-ayyy, oooooh-ayyyyy! Celebration time! Put on a funny hat and dance around the living room! The football season is finally here! Christ... That fortnight of no competitive matches (aside from the highly prestigious International Champions Cup, obviously) felt like it would never end.

Score prediction for tonight: Reading: 8 Frank Lampard's Derby County: 0
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 03, 2018, 07:53:14 PM
Fulham have bought well haven't they? Won the transfer window, haven't they?

I can see Jean Michael Seri having a monster season, then leaving for £100 million next summer.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: PowerButchi on August 03, 2018, 08:18:15 PM
I'm aware of the trouble, but what's confused me is where the Wrexham/Bohs connection comes from in the first place. I've heard people say Bohs played a European qualifier against a Welsh team at The Racecourse and it started then, but the closest I can find is one they played against TNS in Oswestry and another against Rhyl that was played in Rhyl, so I'm assuming they have got this mixed up with a friendly.

The two teams link up with Celtic fans a lot too for super Anglobaiting.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 03, 2018, 08:41:45 PM
Frank Lampard wishing he'd opted for a gilet tonight. The only way to motivate this lethargic Derby team is to pull a Sherwood and aggressively throw it to the ground in full view of every single camera in the stadium. The proper Football Man management style.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 03, 2018, 09:14:28 PM
The Championship looks tasty, only Rotherham an obvious weak side (I don't mean statistically as a few like Birmingham and Hull have been dross in recent seasons). How many are ex-Prem? 19/24?

Anyway, it's too early, still enjoying the World Cup afterglow.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 03, 2018, 09:58:18 PM
GOAL OF THE SEASON CLIVE
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 03, 2018, 10:23:01 PM
(http://i66.tinypic.com/34qo7pf.png)

I'm not too sure about the the little squiggly line next to the first letter on each player's shirt in the EFL.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on August 03, 2018, 11:10:22 PM
The Championship looks tasty, only Rotherham an obvious weak side (I don't mean statistically as a few like Birmingham and Hull have been dross in recent seasons). How many are ex-Prem? 19/24?

Anyway, it's too early, still enjoying the World Cup afterglow.

Bolton will be dire if they're signing Josh Magennis
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: PowerButchi on August 03, 2018, 11:49:26 PM
A wonderful winner tonight from Wrexham's Tom Lawrence.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 03, 2018, 11:52:47 PM
First season in the 2nd division starts well for Hamburg

Hamburger SV 0 - 3 Holstein Kiel
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on August 04, 2018, 12:04:09 AM
Fantasy Football League code: 1408862-319597
Head to Head League code: 1408862-512855

https://fantasy.premierleague.com/
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gabrielconroy on August 04, 2018, 12:35:35 AM
^ There's already one going at 994300-221259. But I'll join your head to head as well.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 05, 2018, 12:51:48 PM
Just tried to watch the EFL highlights online, but it's no longer on C5.
What the fuck is the Quest channel?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on August 05, 2018, 01:23:20 PM
Didn't Alan Partridge present a show on there?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Sgt. Duckie on August 05, 2018, 02:17:47 PM
Not long until 'Lawro's 2-0 predictions' and 'Garth Crooks' Team of the Week' returns. Who said Heaven wasn't a place on earth?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 05, 2018, 03:59:36 PM
Unless Chelsea are really awful this season, it's looking like it's going to be another effortless Man City stroll towards the Premier League title. Still, the race for the top six should be exciting eh, lads? *Rings Sky demanding the full TV package, regardless of cost. JUST TAKE MY MONEY YOU BASTARDS*
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 05, 2018, 04:18:31 PM
Not long until 'Lawro's 2-0 predictions' and 'Garth Crooks' My Mates of the Week' returns. Who said Heaven wasn't a place on earth?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 05, 2018, 05:10:16 PM
Unless Chelsea are really awful this season, it's looking like it's going to be another effortless Man City stroll towards the Premier League title. Still, the race for the top six should be exciting eh, lads? *Rings Sky demanding the full TV package, regardless of cost. JUST TAKE MY MONEY YOU BASTARDS*

Eh?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: garnish on August 05, 2018, 05:17:53 PM
Not long until 'Lawro's 2-0 predictions' and 'Garth Crooks' Team of the Week' returns. Who said Heaven wasn't a place on earth?

His team of the week is a great way to find out who scored a goal this week without looking up the scores.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: rue the polywhirl on August 05, 2018, 05:32:25 PM
Not convinced by Chelsea’s manager. He could always make a good stand in for Barry Chuckle if things don’t work out for him at Chelsea (which could be in a couple of weeks time).
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 07, 2018, 03:05:47 PM
After 3/4 of a season of relative stability, Newcastle return to teetering on the brink of 'joke club' status

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45091145 (https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45091145)
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Post by: imitationleather on August 07, 2018, 10:59:35 PM
I went to Gateshead v Salford this evening. Gateshead won 2:1, making it one point from a possible six for the Class of '92. LOL.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 08, 2018, 12:08:44 AM
the Class of '92

They have a striker on 4k a week basic.
4 grand a week to play 5th tier football.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on August 08, 2018, 12:13:53 AM
Alty beating Southport at Haig Avenue for the first time since god knows when, plus My Brother Gary's United B losing to a part time team made for a great night. I went to the pre-season game when we played Salford, they had new signings Danny Lloyd from Peterborough and Nathan Pond from Salford playing, both of whom will also be on large wedges.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on August 08, 2018, 07:50:30 AM
The keeper they signed from Fleetwood had offers from league teams too.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on August 08, 2018, 02:34:25 PM
Productive window for Spurs
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on August 08, 2018, 07:33:09 PM
Who is playing the fantasy football this year? Have you finalised your team yet? I've just realised I've picked 2 Fulham players and Rashford.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 08, 2018, 10:47:22 PM
Who is playing the fantasy football this year? Have you finalised your team yet? I've just realised I've picked 2 Fulham players and Rashford.

Panic stations!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on August 09, 2018, 07:36:10 AM
Everton picking up Bernard, Andre Gomes and supposedly Mina would be a good day of business.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 09, 2018, 09:08:10 AM
Everton picking up Bernard, Andre Gomes and supposedly Mina would be a good day of business.

Until they try to play them all in the same position at the same time...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 09, 2018, 10:04:25 AM
Not following the football as much but I must say Liverpool have a good chance this year. I know that is said most years but just looking strong everywhere.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 09, 2018, 11:13:09 AM
Not following the football as much but I must say Liverpool have a good chance this year. I know that is said most years but just looking strong everywhere.

We have a chance to be much better than last season, but we need to make up 20+ points on Man City just to challenge.
Can't see that happening to be honest.

Man U currently sniffing around Godin from Atletico Madrid.
Only a year from the end of his contract, so his buy out clause is under £20 million.
Arguably the best defender in the world over the past few years.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on August 09, 2018, 11:24:35 AM
Panic stations!

Yeah. It's trickier this year as a lot of the big hitters will have been at the World Cup and it's hard to know when they'll be back in the first teams. So you can either risk big money on the 'stars' who might not play, go for second string players like Mata who didn't go to Russia but still might not play if the big guns are brought back in to first team action. Salah seems overpriced at 13 million and I think 50% of players have chosen him. I'm floundering to be honest and I think the deadline for transfers is tonight.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Blinder Data on August 09, 2018, 11:43:51 AM
Yeah. It's trickier this year as a lot of the big hitters will have been at the World Cup and it's hard to know when they'll be back in the first teams. So you can either risk big money on the 'stars' who might not play, go for second string players like Mata who didn't go to Russia but still might not play if the big guns are brought back in to first team action. Salah seems overpriced at 13 million and I think 50% of players have chosen him. I'm floundering to be honest and I think the deadline for transfers is tonight.

I'm sure phes will come and spill his infinite FF wisdom, but I think there is always value to be found in highly rated players who have just arrived into the PL. Not telling you who though!

Gave up on last season's stalwarts, Kane and Salah. Like you say, too expensive. Having a Man City/Liverpool spine is my tactic.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 09, 2018, 02:38:41 PM
LEANDER DENDONCKER!

Tremendous name.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: phes on August 09, 2018, 02:42:42 PM
I'm sure phes will come and spill his infinite FF wisdom, but I think there is always value to be found in highly rated players who have just arrived into the PL. Not telling you who though!

Gave up on last season's stalwarts, Kane and Salah. Like you say, too expensive. Having a Man City/Liverpool spine is my tactic.

Sadly my wisdom is neither infinite (I gave up 1/2 way through last season after going fuck this and going on a suicidal transfer bender, known in Fantasy Football Scout circles as 'doing a Jonty') nor am I actually capable of taking my own advice. I average something like 20-50,000 rank these-days, good but not great, and what stops me doing well each year is a lack of patience anda hit addiction. I daresay I could walk the walk and crack the top 10,000 if I only had patience. I think SUPERMANGOS manager has been top dog last couple of years and Crabwalk prior to that.

But my advice would be to steer absolutely clear of anyone involved in the latter stages of the World Cup. That means Kane, Sterling, De Bruyne etc etc. There is no reason to own any of these players as there are loads of other comparable options. My only other advice really is that going without Salah is very likely to be a horrible mistake that puts you in a very tricky position. Here's why: He's clearly not a flash in the pan (Check his exploits in Italy in 2016/17), look into his stats, same position, likely same minutes, he's scoring in pre-season, Liverpool are even improved and there's nothing that points towards rotation this early in the season. Chance are he'll hit 250-350 points if he stays fit. So you're gambling that not only will he fail to reproduce, but that whoever you pick instead will do the business. This is a double whammy of risk, and one that's very unlikely to come off in your favour. On top of that, Salah will have almost 100% ownership in the top 500,000 quality managers, and very high in the remainder. So when you miss out on his points, which you probably will, you'll plummet like a stone. When he scores in week 1, and he likely will, everyone that doesn't own him will jump on him. This will leave you either sticking to you guns or facing a hit in Week 2. If you do stick to your guns then his price will be rising. How much will he eventually cost and how much ground will you have lost by the time you admit defeat. Basically, this is not the player to make your big gamble on. It's not worth it. If you do own him and he fails, no biggie, everyone fails.

If you are looking at his price and thinking you could be getting in Aguero and/or Aubameyang instead then I think that's barking up the wrong tree. Find a way to get all three in, take a couple of smaller gambles on budget players instead of one big gamble on the biggest player in the game. Cover those players that could kill you (and there are three or four this year, at least when Aguero plays). At this stage in the season there will be very few other players or combinations of players with a high enough ownership capable of badly damaging your season.

And if you're struggling for budget picks then you could do worse to have a look here at set-piece takers. There's no guarantee these will be totally accurate, or rewarded with points, but as a rule these players who hog set pieces tend to get plenty of minutes and it's good to have involved players

https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/premiership-set-piece-takers/

Even better if you've an hour to spare, listen to the podcast. I'm going to listen to the pre-season one now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=9kjRm7Yh3wk
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on August 09, 2018, 04:10:48 PM
LEANDER DENDONCKER!

Tremendous name.

Doesn't sound very Portuguese though.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Great Satan on August 09, 2018, 04:21:44 PM
I've got Salah, Aubameyang and Agüero on my team, with enough in the bank to switch Mahrez out for KdB later if he doesn't produce the goods. I'm taking a gamble on Kanté or Neves as my 4th midfielder because I think at least one of them will get 100+ points this year. Having Kanté will land you with 80-110 points pretty reliably, but we are already seeing him pushing further up the pitch, making runs behind defenders, under Sarri and that could make him a very interesting choice for a 5.0m midfielder.

My other gamble is starting with Sturridge as my 3rd striker. This may turn out to be a horrible mistake.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: phes on August 09, 2018, 04:27:59 PM
Shall we open a thread. It may not get used that often but it doesn't seem fair to keep bumping this for FPL
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 09, 2018, 04:33:31 PM
Shall we open a thread. It may not get used that often but it doesn't seem fair to keep bumping this for FPL

Yes totally agree. My exploits in steering my FF mob towards the trapdoor of the league will require a thread of its own.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gabrielconroy on August 09, 2018, 04:35:59 PM
I have Schurrle instead of Kante or Neves but I'm starting to think this is a mistake. I also did a zombie team for another league (where you pick a 15 then make no changes at all throughout the season) where I somehow managed to pick Kane, Salah and Mane as well as some premium defenders and Ederson. Very tempting to rejig my main team to get Mane in there as well as Liverpool look set to smash the goals in all over the place this season.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Sgt. Duckie on August 09, 2018, 04:38:53 PM
Hey I'm playing this year. Prepare to eat my dust.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on August 09, 2018, 06:47:38 PM
Everton have basically sold almost everyone they brought in last year and got a load more in. Great stuff. Great to get rid of some of the dreck like Mirallas, especially.

Digne, Mina, Zouma are legit defenders and all better than what we've currently got. Bernard and Gomes have got a lot more potential than we've shown as a club for the last few years, time will tell, and Richarlison has already made an excellent start and reports are great. Just need Cenk, Siggy and Walcott to go hard and maybe bring in another striker in Jan. Gueye is legit. Pickford legit. Schneid, I don't care now. Davies is a bit shit, too. Beni will hopefully come on this year.

Twelfth.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 06:49:04 PM
nailed on
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: garnish on August 09, 2018, 08:34:49 PM
Amazing how Everton have spent half a billion pound to build a midtable team.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on August 09, 2018, 10:55:29 PM
Hopefully Usmanov's filthy slave funds will bankroll us to ninth within three years.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 10:56:18 PM
Hopefully Usmanov's filthy slave funds will bankroll us to ninth within three years.

My Preddo ball Preddos Everton to Finish 4th.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on August 09, 2018, 11:19:41 PM
Why have Swansea compiled a squad with one centre half?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 09, 2018, 11:34:03 PM
Why have Swansea compiled a squad with one centre half?

They've heard League 1 is the new Championship.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Norton Canes on August 10, 2018, 10:23:32 AM
Something for everyone!

David Squires on... emo Mourinho's Premier League 2018-19 preview (https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/aug/10/david-squires-on-emo-jose-mourinhos-premier-league-2018-19-preview)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 10, 2018, 10:59:35 AM
Something for everyone!

David Squires on... emo Mourinho's Premier League 2018-19 preview (https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/aug/10/david-squires-on-emo-jose-mourinhos-premier-league-2018-19-preview)

The Sean Dyche pic! :-D
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 10, 2018, 08:06:53 PM
Pen within 75 seconds for the Mancs at Old Trafford.

'Twas like being in the Fergie days of yore.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Gulftastic on August 10, 2018, 08:10:35 PM
Pen within 75 seconds for the Mancs at Old Trafford.

'Twas like being in the Fergie days of yore.

Was it a fair call?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on August 10, 2018, 08:12:32 PM
VARpen!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 10, 2018, 08:21:39 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/KOWRog6.jpg)

Pogba! Golden Boot!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 10, 2018, 08:23:59 PM
Was it a fair call?

Aye, thats where the comparison ends
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 10, 2018, 09:16:33 PM
Bored of football already.

Fucking Mourinho.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on August 10, 2018, 10:02:13 PM
Was it a fair call?

Handball, looked a bit accidental, he was just slow to react rather than deliberate

Eh, this is the last time United will be top of the league for a while
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 10, 2018, 10:55:37 PM
Not sure if it has been verified, but a mate of mine claims that Vardy has now scored in Leicester's last 9 defeats.
That's some record if true.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on August 10, 2018, 11:04:11 PM
From soccerways stats, it's a load of bollocks.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 10, 2018, 11:22:30 PM
That was my first thought.
Surely a team scoring at all in that many consecutive defeats would be rare enough.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 11, 2018, 12:39:02 AM
Everyone seems to be saying the quality of that game was pretty dire but I reckon by Sunday night it will rank as one of the better Premier League games of the weekend.

I've had to stop reading Spurs forums because the meltdown over not buying Jack Grealish was getting too much and was really making me question whether the balance of how seriously some people take football was tipping into unpleasantness.

Getting so stressed over Jack Grealish. Jesus Christ.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 11, 2018, 04:20:59 AM
I’m a Villa fan so being stressed over Grealish has cost me years of my life.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 11, 2018, 01:23:54 PM
Newcastle v Spurs has been far more entertaining than I was fearing. Scenes, Clive.

Aurier needs to be told to stop the two footed death lunge tackles. He's a red card and penalty waiting to happen every time he plays.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 11, 2018, 01:35:59 PM
Newcastle v Spurs has been far more entertaining than I was fearing. Scenes, Clive.

Aurier needs to be told to stop the two footed death lunge tackles. He's a red card and penalty waiting to happen every time he plays.

you should be happy, unless Inter put 4 past Athleti without reply today, Spurs win the International Champions Cup. #Silverware
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on August 11, 2018, 01:50:24 PM
Pochettino looking sharp. He knows his opportunity to away is just around the corner. Could have been gone to Madrid already, had he not signed before Zidane left. Now he must grind through this season whilst looking like someone who can deal with Galacticos. Get trim, Just For Men, slick suit, see it out.

Pochettino is a great manager and I bet he wins the Champions League in his career.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 11, 2018, 02:05:41 PM
you should be happy, unless Inter put 4 past Athleti without reply today, Spurs win the International Champions Cup. #Silverware

Will be great to add to the new stadium's silverware cabinet straightaway. Buzzing.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 11, 2018, 05:57:38 PM
Is my telly on the blink or have Wolves got the colour of their shirts a bit wrong?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 11, 2018, 06:30:00 PM
Did anyone watch the Fulham spurs game, and if so did sessegnon look any good at premier level?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 11, 2018, 06:31:17 PM
Did anyone watch the Fulham spurs game, and if so did sessegnon look any good at premier level?

Which season was that?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 11, 2018, 06:37:30 PM
Which season was that?

2018/19
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 11, 2018, 07:11:57 PM
Wolves v Everton has turned into a decent game.
Far better than the previous live PL matches anyway.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 11, 2018, 07:17:27 PM
2018/19

2 games in a day a bit much for the Spurs fans? Unless you meant Fulham vs. Crystal Spurs?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on August 11, 2018, 09:49:50 PM
Six points from two games, 5 scored 1 conceded. 4th in the league. It's a stitch up.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on August 12, 2018, 09:39:52 AM
Very pleased with Richarlison's start. I like his posture. Comfortable in himself, confident and intense. I think he's going to be a handful. Wolves looked good yesterday, too. I think they'll do all right.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 12, 2018, 02:26:11 PM
Quote
Liverpool fans, no one will remember the nice football you play in 10 years time when you have nothing to show for it.

The sort of live text bollocks they've worked out causes arguments which help them gain interest.

Easily rebutted.

Quote
Joe Collett-Cramp: James Milner is one of the best English midfielders of his generation. Discuss.

No, fuck off you absolute nobody shit-named cunt
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 12, 2018, 02:28:09 PM
West Ham looking utterly shocking here.

If Liverpool don't win this at least 4:0 I'll be very surprised.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 12, 2018, 03:15:57 PM
West Ham looking utterly shocking here.

If Liverpool don't win this at least 4:0 I'll be very surprised.

Good shout.

Top of the league!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on August 12, 2018, 03:55:43 PM
James Milner
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: EOLAN on August 12, 2018, 04:06:00 PM
After complaining about lack of protection for players, Pep seems to have told Man City to kick anything in sight old Wimbledon style. If first five minutes of their title defence anything to go by.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 12, 2018, 04:42:52 PM
Arsenal are still shit.

Wenger in.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on August 12, 2018, 04:53:09 PM
It would be piss funny if Arsenal completely imploded and finished in the bottom half.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 12, 2018, 05:26:53 PM
Emery out fam
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: the midnight watch baboon on August 12, 2018, 05:31:20 PM
did Tyler just say Arsenal were trying to 'ruffle the famous feathers of Manchester City?!1 What a thing to say! Why did he say it!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FredNurke on August 12, 2018, 07:28:31 PM
Emery out fam
Ooh, you are awful!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: ziggy starbucks on August 12, 2018, 07:31:24 PM
did Tyler just say Arsenal were trying to 'ruffle the famous feathers of Manchester City?!1 What a thing to say! Why did he say it!

man city are famous world-wide for their feathers!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 12, 2018, 10:37:02 PM
man city are famous world-wide for their feathers!

Beautiful plumage, the Norwegian Manchester Blue.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bazooka on August 14, 2018, 06:10:38 AM
How in the hell did I miss the news that Rooney is now playing in the US for the Hollwood Horses or some team like that?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on August 14, 2018, 07:26:35 AM
ROCKIN' ROON
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on August 14, 2018, 11:16:41 PM
David Brent has finally returned among us.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dklt3B0W4AEB5lB?format=jpg&name=900x900)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on August 15, 2018, 10:09:20 PM
Come on Atletico! 4-0

I know this isn't particularly witty but it's earnest as fuck.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 15, 2018, 10:35:03 PM
Rollercoaster ride for my home "suburb" in the FA Cup. Heaton Stannington 4-4 Seaham, but sadly Seaham win 4-2 on pens.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 15, 2018, 10:43:05 PM
Hayes are Gone
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on August 15, 2018, 10:46:46 PM
Better call Saul
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 15, 2018, 11:40:39 PM
Rollercoaster ride for my home "suburb" in the FA Cup. Heaton Stannington 4-4 Seaham, but sadly Seaham win 4-2 on pens.

Better news as Newcastle Benfield who are just down the road from Stannington won 3-0 over the giants of Stockton. Billingham Synthonia out though. Surprised to see Northwich Victoria playing at this level.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on August 16, 2018, 10:27:35 AM
Surprised to see Northwich Victoria playing at this level.

Which one?

Build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put the macc town on the top, put Northwich in the middle and burn the fucking lot. Etc.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 16, 2018, 12:47:45 PM
Looking up the origin of Billingham's name...

Quote
The club was established in 1923 and was named after an agricultural fertiliser, Synthonia being a contraction of "synthetic ammonia", a product manufactured by ICI, with which the club was affiliated.[2] They initially played in the South Bank & District League, later joining the Teesside League.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: xmxmxmxmxmx on August 16, 2018, 02:55:09 PM
Fucking hell, La Liga have decided to start having actual competitive games in the US. PROPER games, not that mickey mouse 7eleven super champions trophy shite. The days of European clubs taking the piss out of American fans may soon be over.

Won't be long until we're getting up at 8am for Saturday Showdown: The Battle for 14th -  EPL Watford (Powered by FXPRO) vs EPL Burnley (Powered by Sean Dyche) LIVE in Houston at the NRG Astrodome.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 16, 2018, 03:20:43 PM
Tip of the iceberg.

WELCOME TO SUPER THURSDAY IN GUANGZHOU!!!!!

Richard Keys and Stan Collymore bring you HIGHLIGHTS of the three nighttime soccer games featuring:

Galactic League Northern England Minor Division 4 mid-table clash
Altrincham Astros vs Droylsden Dragons (Sponsored by Bud Light)

Galactic League Galactic League Tier 3 play-off clash
Scunthorpe Thunderjets vs Peterborough Lions (Sponsored by Dynamo Assault Weapons, protecting you and your loved ones from everyone else)

and the main attraction!
English Premier League Tier 2 Bonus Ball
Stoke City Ballistics vs. Bristol Bisons (in partnership with Monsanto SuperFoods, growing your children up super fast to be the next Galactic League Kick heroes)

Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 16, 2018, 07:18:56 PM
Burn it down and start again.

All teams to be the lads from one town versus the lads from another town - who is best
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on August 16, 2018, 10:38:22 PM
Wow, Zenit st Petersburg turned around a 0-4 aggregate, despite having a man sent off, to take it to extra time, where they conceded a goal before scoring 4 to finish 8-1 AET, and 8-5 on aggregate.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 16, 2018, 11:16:03 PM
Wow, Zenit st Petersburg turned around a 0-4 aggregate, despite having a man sent off, to take it to extra time, where they conceded a goal before scoring 4 to finish 8-1 AET, and 8-5 on aggregate.

Live on BBC2 in 1989
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gmoney on August 17, 2018, 11:38:36 AM
Referee Bob Madley has quit after a video of him having sex with a dog has surfaced, apparently.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on August 17, 2018, 11:40:20 AM
Referee Bob Madley has quit after a video of him having sex with a dog has surfaced, apparently.

“Bobby Madley is no longer employed by PGMOL. We understand that he has decided to relocate due to a change in his personal circumstances.”

Madley shacks up with the dog?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2018, 12:47:05 PM
Referee Bob Madley has quit after a video of him having sex with a dog has surfaced, apparently.

why can journalists hide these facts for some and dish it out for others. Just tell the facts. A terriers fan apparently.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 17, 2018, 05:45:00 PM
Just searched for the story on Google and this is the first suggested image:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/618047005919682561/H1gE8Q81_400x400.png)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: dr beat on August 17, 2018, 09:15:42 PM
That Zenit St Petersburg result.  Any solid gold cars spotted near the stadium perchance?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 17, 2018, 10:09:25 PM
That Zenit St Petersburg result.  Any solid gold cars spotted near the stadium perchance?

Highlights: https://youtu.be/9fC2oZDeiC0
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2018, 10:43:12 PM
Highlights: https://youtu.be/9fC2oZDeiC0

Or you could

Relive Birmingham's goalless draw with Swansea  (https://www.bbc.com/sport/live/football/44797132#sa-link_location=TEMP&intlink_from_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fsport%2Ffootball%2F45138919&intlink_ts=1534542182725-sa)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2018, 10:44:53 PM
Highlights: https://youtu.be/9fC2oZDeiC0

were the fans banned from the stadium or has the World Cup legacy already dwindled?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 17, 2018, 10:46:48 PM
were the fans banned from the stadium or has the World Cup legacy already dwindled?

http://www.espn.com.au/football/zenit-st-petersburg/story/3517720/zenit-st-petersburg-punished-by-uefa-for-another-racism-infraction
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2018, 11:07:51 PM
Some highlights from the game

1. The outdated thumb/dummy in the mouth goal celebration
2. A photographer supposedly taking a picture of the penalty kick instead flinching as the ball hits the back of the net
3. The Dinamo Minsk player looking like a Yugoslavian '82 World Cup player or a very malnourished David Luiz
4. Extreme slow motion of Paredes in silhouette kicking something violently in the tunnel after being sent off
5. Russian commentator ticks being a mix of South American commentators and John Motson.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 17, 2018, 11:15:42 PM
I thought that was David Luiz.

@Blodders are you in the CaB fantasy football league? You played such a blinder in the WC, wondering if that was a fluke tbh.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 17, 2018, 11:20:26 PM
I thought that was David Luiz.

@Blodders are you in the CaB fantasy football league? You played such a blinder in the WC, wondering if that was a fluke tbh.

I've played Fantasy maybe in 2010 and 2011 but my nerves won't take it these days. I did stare at the register page for a few minutes and then decided the commitment was too much.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 18, 2018, 12:21:07 AM
Some highlights from the game

1. The outdated thumb/dummy in the mouth goal celebration
2. A photographer supposedly taking a picture of the penalty kick instead flinching as the ball hits the back of the net
3. The Dinamo Minsk player looking like a Yugoslavian '82 World Cup player or a very malnourished David Luiz
4. Extreme slow motion of Paredes in silhouette kicking something violently in the tunnel after being sent off
5. Russian commentator ticks being a mix of South American commentators and John Motson.

6. The joyous celebration of Minsk's goal.
As it goes in, it was seemingly THE winner.
15 minutes later, it's the consolation in an 8-1 defeat.
Oh time...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on August 18, 2018, 12:59:43 AM
Some highlights from the game

1. The outdated thumb/dummy in the mouth goal celebration
2. A photographer supposedly taking a picture of the penalty kick instead flinching as the ball hits the back of the net
3. The Dinamo Minsk player looking like a Yugoslavian '82 World Cup player or a very malnourished David Luiz
4. Extreme slow motion of Paredes in silhouette kicking something violently in the tunnel after being sent off
5. Russian commentator ticks being a mix of South American commentators and John Motson.

6. The joyous celebration of Minsk's goal.
As it goes in, it was seemingly THE winner.
15 minutes later, it's the consolation in an 8-1 defeat.
Oh time...

7.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9KXrRUZqtw
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 18, 2018, 11:25:29 AM
Interested to see how NO SIGNING NO STADIUM CHAOS CLUB Spurs do against Fulham this afternoon. Apparently lots of fans are refusing to return to Wembley, which would be easy for me to criticise from the comfort of my flat in Newcastle. However, I've been to Wembley. The place is a total ballache and it's a crap stadium as well. For a one-off cup final you can forgive the issues, but it's a nightmare of an actual home ground. Can't believe Chelsea are planning to spend four years there. As for the Spurs stadium, building an entire new ground on the site of the old one in just one season did always seem foolishly ambitious. They should have just said it would be opening in 2019 from the outset.

My dad, who is the proud owner of the most expensive season ticket in football, with no idea when he will actually get to use it, is not pleased. The club has pissed a lot of goodwill up the wall by leaving it to the tabloids to leak that the place wasn't going to be ready on time.

Obviously if you hate Spurs this must be hilarious.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on August 18, 2018, 11:28:58 AM
The NFL game I'm going to has been moved to Wembley as well, which is a massive pain in the hole.
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Post by: monkfromhavana on August 18, 2018, 12:45:45 PM
Off to Cov - Plymouth on my tod this afternoon. First 3 points of the season I hope. In light of Wembley difficulties, the Ricoh is 5 minutes walk from my house.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monkfromhavana on August 18, 2018, 01:46:30 PM
I'd like to row back on the jaunty nature of my previous post. Just been and bought my ticket - wanted to sit in the corner block (by the away fans, where the atmosphere is) and was told that you cannot buy match tickets there. It's for season ticket or "match package" holders only.

It turns out that this was brought in just before the season started (when most season ticket holders had already been sold), although there was no information around the ground or in the ticket office or shop. People want to sit there because of the atmosphere, but the area's going to be a lot less full without match day walk-ups. Walk-ups are going to be pissed off that they can't buy a ticket for a seat where they want. I had to buy a ticket in the next available block, the "premium section" for £27 quid instead.


Just had a peruse on the website and apparently it's due to "persistent standing" and the safety risk. What a load of bollocks, considering fans have been standing with seats since before we even left Highfield Rd without any major drama.

Still, the club were "pleased to announce" this news, so that's great.

Back to non-league I go.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 18, 2018, 02:02:53 PM
Sorry to work this back to the new Spurs stadium: But see also them plonking a few thousand two grand premium season tickets right in the middle of the "atmospheric" stand where the people who actually want to stand and sing and that are supposed to go. I forsee tension.

Pleased I've finally gone to see Gateshead. Fiver with a student ID (which seems very decent for Conference National) and you seemingly can do what the fuck you want. Sorted.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2018, 02:08:34 PM
I'd like to row back on the jaunty nature of my previous post. Just been and bought my ticket - wanted to sit in the corner block (by the away fans, where the atmosphere is) and was told that you cannot buy match tickets there. It's for season ticket or "match package" holders only.

It turns out that this was brought in just before the season started (when most season ticket holders had already been sold), although there was no information around the ground or in the ticket office or shop. People want to sit there because of the atmosphere, but the area's going to be a lot less full without match day walk-ups. Walk-ups are going to be pissed off that they can't buy a ticket for a seat where they want. I had to buy a ticket in the next available block, the "premium section" for £27 quid instead.


Just had a peruse on the website and apparently it's due to "persistent standing" and the safety risk. What a load of bollocks, considering fans have been standing with seats since before we even left Highfield Rd without any major drama.

Still, the club were "pleased to announce" this news, so that's great.

Back to non-league I go.

Just ask the man in that section if he can put the dog under the other seat.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2018, 02:10:09 PM
Sorry to work this back to the new Spurs stadium: But see also them plonking a few thousand two grand premium season tickets right in the middle of the "atmospheric" stand where the people who actually want to stand and sing and that are supposed to go. I forsee tension.

Pleased I've finally gone to see Gateshead. Fiver with a student ID (which seems very decent for Conference National) and you seemingly can do what the fuck you want. Sorted.

Bleakest stadium in the top 5 English divisions? Wuthering Heights bleak, not desolation bleak.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 18, 2018, 02:34:51 PM
Bleakest stadium in the top 5 English divisions? Wuthering Heights bleak, not desolation bleak.

The new Spurs one or Gateshead?

If Gateshead you need to get yourself down to West Ham's ground.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on August 18, 2018, 02:39:48 PM
Has Gateshead's got a running track or is that an old one?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 18, 2018, 02:49:09 PM
Has Gateshead's got a running track or is that an old one?

Yeah it's got a running track. Not everything in life can be perfect.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on August 18, 2018, 03:00:32 PM
Only one I've been to with a running track was the Withdean. Wasn't that bad.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 18, 2018, 03:22:18 PM
Walk-ups are going to be pissed off that they can't buy a ticket for a seat where they want. I had to buy a ticket in the next available block, the "premium section" for £27 quid instead.

I have family who eschewed Villa in the ‘90s and now follow Argyle instead. The idea that they are paying 27 quid for the privilege makes the decision seem all the more ridiculous in hindsight.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on August 18, 2018, 03:45:02 PM
Walked into the local Labour club and they're showing a 3PM game on a big fuck-off projector.

Shame it's Everton-Southampton but yknow.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on August 18, 2018, 04:35:22 PM
Everton are rolling back the years here.

To 2013-14.


Edit: Corrected the name of the football team I was talking about.


Richarlison goin hard, best buy of the summer?


Good shit considering still got Digne, Bernard, Mina, Gomes and Zouma to get involved.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on August 18, 2018, 05:16:20 PM
Bleakest stadium in the top 5 English divisions? Wuthering Heights bleak, not desolation bleak.

The Shay for me, something incredibly bleak about a couple of thousand rattling around such a gorgeous old stadium. Away end at Borehamwood is a different kind of bleak, saw us win 1-0 there just as they started getting bankrolled by the owner off the back of renting out five a side pitches.

Actually having thought, midweek away games at Holker Street are bleak as fuck, especially seeing how we always lose there. The wind coming in off the sea and no cover, urgh, awful place.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on August 18, 2018, 05:43:19 PM
Everton are rolling back the years here.

To 2013-14.


Edit: Corrected the name of the football team I was talking about.


Richarlison goin hard, best buy of the summer?


Good shit considering still got Digne, Bernard, Mina, Gomes and Zouma to get involved.

Think he's (Richarlison) an astute buy, not surprised he's done well today. Zouma also will do wonders I reckon, I'm picking him as one of their best signings, albeit loan. Jagielka being carded and absent has the positive effect of making way. I reckon The Ev need to make the most of their signings, especially in favour of youth. Zouma is only 23! The sooner players like that get blooded the sooner they contribute.

Chelsea fucking love selling future talent too
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Post by: imitationleather on August 18, 2018, 05:48:17 PM
Arsenal look fucked here.
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Post by: New Jack on August 18, 2018, 05:49:53 PM
What a miss!! Chelsea in return fuck them like some poor analogy about a hooker at a dodgy stag night. Arsenal's defence is Liverpoolesque, winding-back-the-years fans
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Post by: dr beat on August 18, 2018, 05:52:54 PM
I like the Chelsea managers look, very man of the people, like he'd be ok doing the bins after the game.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2018, 06:02:46 PM
Bayern scrape a narrow 1-0 victory (Lewandowski) in the DFB Pokal cup against a 4th division village team featuring a car salesman as captain.

Mbappe gets 2 to end Guingamp's resistance - his second was phenomenal.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 18, 2018, 06:40:19 PM
Chelsea v Arsenal
Both teams all over the place - great fun!
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2018, 06:56:20 PM
FFS.

Chievo holding Juventus 2-2 until 90+2 when Ronaldo clatters Chievo's goalie and knocks him out...Mandzukic heads over the line before it is cleared...goal line technology gives goal, VAR takes away goal. Then 1 minute later Juventus get the fucking winner. Inevitable in a match featuring Ronaldo. Another drab championship trophy for Juve awaits with capitulation like this.
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Post by: bgmnts on August 18, 2018, 06:57:13 PM
What a miss!! Chelsea in return fuck them like some poor analogy about a hooker at a dodgy stag night. Arsenal's defence is Liverpoolesque, winding-back-the-years fans

Arsenal's defence has been Liverpool-esque for ages. Probably before Liverpool's defence was.

Arsenal in general are just a bit embarrassing.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2018, 06:58:29 PM
Arsenal's defence has been Liverpool-esque for ages. Probably before Liverpool's defence was.

Arsenal in general are just a bit embarrassing.

They're holding Chelsea to a draw and got beaten by the Bollocticos last week. They'll finish 3rd or somewhere close...but keep going with this hyperbole.
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Post by: New Jack on August 18, 2018, 07:16:17 PM
Gagging for a draw. Chelski ahead. BOOOO

West Brom seemed to have a cracking game, smashing QPR 7-1 (2 pens, mind)
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Post by: bgmnts on August 18, 2018, 07:20:31 PM
They're holding Chelsea to a draw and got beaten by the Bollocticos last week. They'll finish 3rd or somewhere close...but keep going with this hyperbole.

Hyperbole? They're just shit.

I think thats fair.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 18, 2018, 07:24:42 PM
Hyperbole? They're just shit.

I think thats fair.

As shit as West Ham? Next game should be interesting. 5-0 Arsenal.
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Post by: bgmnts on August 18, 2018, 07:31:06 PM
As shit as West Ham? Next game should be interesting. 5-0 Arsenal.

No they aren't as shit as West Ham.

If Arsenal finish in the top 6 this season thats a great job done by Emery.
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Post by: monkfromhavana on August 18, 2018, 10:40:16 PM
Listen to Ian Wright being all "Mr. Pundit" by repeatedly saying "space" whilst describing what we can plainly see.
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Post by: GMTV on August 19, 2018, 09:09:01 AM
VISIT RWANDA
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Post by: George Oscar Bluth II on August 19, 2018, 10:08:03 AM
Sorry to work this back to the new Spurs stadium: But see also them plonking a few thousand two grand premium season tickets right in the middle of the "atmospheric" stand where the people who actually want to stand and sing and that are supposed to go. I forsee tension.

Haven't Man Utd done this in the middle of the Stretford End?

Amazes me how clubs get away with commodifying the atmosphere created by their own paying customers to the point of fucking with it.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 19, 2018, 02:07:46 PM
Huddersfield might be mathematically relegated by the end of this match.
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Post by: DolphinFace on August 19, 2018, 05:17:19 PM
Aguero for player of the season. You heard it here first, okay?
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Post by: monolith on August 19, 2018, 05:48:38 PM
I wonder when laughing at United will get old. Still enjoying it thoroughly at the moment.
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Post by: garnish on August 19, 2018, 05:57:59 PM
The joy comes from the entitlement of their fans.  Mourinho is the ideal manager for them, in this respect.
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Post by: New Jack on August 19, 2018, 06:02:49 PM
Fuckin' brilliant.

Bet you Mou says Brighton's penalty shouldn't count
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 19, 2018, 06:37:38 PM
That's the Premiership done and dusted for another year.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 19, 2018, 09:23:14 PM
That's the Premiership done and dusted for another year.

Watford got it in the bag you reckon?
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 19, 2018, 09:40:51 PM
Watford got it in the bag you reckon?

11th, yes.
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Post by: New Jack on August 20, 2018, 05:41:47 PM
Dear Gary Neville

Wear the fuckin shirt lad

Thanks,
Jacques Nouveau
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Post by: imitationleather on August 20, 2018, 06:23:05 PM
They're holding Chelsea to a draw and got beaten by the Bollocticos last week. They'll finish 3rd or somewhere close...but keep going with this hyperbole.

Ninja, please!

Arsenal are only finishing 3rd or somewhere close if you count the top half of the table as close to third. Which I guess it is, relatively speaking. But, seriously man, they look worse than last season. The only good thing about them at the moment is that their manager has completely based his style on Steve Coogan's character in The Bureau.

Obviously will have to see how it goes this evening, but as much as it pains me to say it (and it seriously does pain me), I think Liverpool may end up achieving their dream of finishing second in the league this time around. Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United are looking interchangeable for the other spots. I guess it depends on how long Mourinho lasts. Before the season started I was certain he was in self-destruct mode and would do something shocking and be booted out within weeks, then they went and bloody won their first game and he actually looked fucking happy n'all. After yesterday I'm back to thinking he'll be out the door quite quickly.

Best moment of the weekend was Lee Dixon on NBC having to make a formal apology to camera for saying that Sarri wanted to "go outside and smoke a fag" during the game. It had to be explained that in the UK this is a very common expression related to cigarettes and in no way meant that he wanted to murder a homosexual outside Stamford Bridge, as numerous people who had complained thought.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2018, 06:34:20 PM
England again dumped out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage. France hoping to get to the final and win it.
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Post by: chveik on August 20, 2018, 07:30:32 PM
Great goal from Atletico
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Post by: gabrielconroy on August 20, 2018, 10:56:51 PM
Best moment of the weekend was Lee Dixon on NBC having to make a formal apology to camera for saying that Sarri wanted to "go outside and smoke a fag" during the game. It had to be explained that in the UK this is a very common expression related to cigarettes and in no way meant that he wanted to murder a homosexual outside Stamford Bridge, as numerous people who had complained thought.

That is amazing.
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Post by: New Jack on August 20, 2018, 11:12:57 PM
Dear Gary Neville

Wear the fuckin shirt lad

Thanks,
Jacques Nouveau

He put it on backwards, took it off nearly immediately and ripped it doing so

Legend Gary Neville
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Post by: imitationleather on August 20, 2018, 11:32:00 PM
Palace looked very organised and pretty decent. It's amazing how Hodgson, who during Euro 2016 seemed to be the most confused man in world football, has managed to turn them around in such a short period. Especially since he's so old that he refers to Prince Philip as "sonny". Although I don't dispute the penalty and the red card, it was a bit disappointing to see Salah hit the ground like a sack of shit on both occasions. I thought he was supposed to be operating on a superior football moral level? Watching him make sure he got the decision in his favour like he's Dele bloody Alli or Harry cunting Kane was enough to shake my faith in Football God.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 20, 2018, 11:35:32 PM
You can add "Palace relegated" to "Arsenal third" and "Altrincham promoted" preddos.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 20, 2018, 11:37:13 PM
You can add "Palace relegated" to "Arsenal third" and "Altrincham promoted" paedos.

Tough language, but fair. Fair, actually.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 20, 2018, 11:37:49 PM
Can Cardiff be relegated three times please?
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Post by: New Jack on August 20, 2018, 11:40:05 PM
Palace looked very organised and pretty decent. It's amazing how Hodgson, who during Euro 2016 seemed to be the most confused man in world football, has managed to turn them around in such a short period. Especially since he's so old that he refers to Prince Philip as "sonny". Although I don't dispute the penalty and the red card, it was a bit disappointing to see Salah hit the ground like a sack of shit on both occasions. I thought he was supposed to be operating on a superior football moral level? Watching him make sure he got the decision in his favour like he's Dele bloody Alli or Harry cunting Kane was enough to shake my faith in Football God.

Yeah, I mean, I do kinda like THE REDS having a go at Old Man Woy, but Palace were decent - they were drilled, efficient, kept up with Liverpool. I respect what they did, Salah was pressed right back a few times, good stuff. We will see worse than what they did this season by teams in the final top 4. We might have seen that already...

Salah did look a bit apologetic when he went down, I think he's a nice lad, but the obvious defence is if you don't go down you don't get shit.... Don't think Sakho's foul was that bad, easy to make the most of. Glad Salah is yet to racially abuse or bite people.

Second game of the season and we can all get obsessed with the table already! I need to block people on whatsapp when footie is on.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 21, 2018, 08:47:26 AM
Just incase anyone doesn't read it every Tuesday, Squires has produced a particularly good one this week: https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/aug/14/david-squires-return-of-the-premier-league-season

The West Brom boiler mascot almost makes me feel sad that they got relegated. Almost.
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Post by: EOLAN on August 21, 2018, 09:37:02 AM
The West Brom boiler mascot almost makes me feel sad that they got relegated. Almost.

If we weren't relegated, we would still probably be sponsored by some Chinese Betting company like most other clubs. Actually quite happy to have a more old fashioned local business sponsoring us and don't mind the fun media attention that entails. Or maybe I am just less grumpy after a couple of wins.
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Post by: finnquark on August 21, 2018, 10:26:43 AM
You can add "Palace relegated" to "Arsenal third" and "Altrincham promoted" preddos.

Hope you haven't put any money on Alty, we're going to finish 17th.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 21, 2018, 02:01:40 PM
If we weren't relegated, we would still probably be sponsored by some Chinese Betting company like most other clubs. Actually quite happy to have a more old fashioned local business sponsoring us and don't mind the fun media attention that entails. Or maybe I am just less grumpy after a couple of wins.

West Brom to finish 1st. Bloddo’s Preddos.
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Post by: Chollis on August 21, 2018, 02:25:55 PM
Sakho had a good three nibbles at Salah's legs. He could've been killed. Comparisons with Kane's antics!? I mean...

(https://i.imgur.com/4eHEmOw.gif)
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Post by: Gulftastic on August 21, 2018, 04:08:22 PM
I liked what Sky did during the post match tunnel interviews, showing the footage making it obvious that it wasn't a penalty for Palace, just as Roy was moaning about it being a clear penalty.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 21, 2018, 06:15:43 PM
I liked what Sky did during the post match tunnel interviews, showing the footage making it obvious that it wasn't a penalty for Palace, just as Roy was moaning about it being a clear penalty.

Sky should interview the managers stood next to a big telly and play them the incident they're moaning about.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 22, 2018, 12:39:41 AM
If we weren't relegated, we would still probably be sponsored by some Chinese Betting company like most other clubs. Actually quite happy to have a more old fashioned local business sponsoring us and don't mind the fun media attention that entails. Or maybe I am just less grumpy after a couple of wins.

(https://scontent.flhr4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/38949155_10157918651193066_6368888805738414080_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=569cc3163fb618459e8094e73ea19a0d&oe=5BF7AEEE)

The encroaching betting company shirt sponsorship hegemony is one of the more depressing recent football developments. It ruins every shirt it's on. A boiler company is a proper sponsor. Apparently booze has vanished from shirts as they're wary of signing contracts as they reckon they're headed the same way as Benson & Hedges being banned from sponsoring snooker tournaments.

My aim in life is to find out what AIA actually is.

Just enjoying a nice can of Gazprom as I type this.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 22, 2018, 01:35:00 AM
Remember children, gamble responsibly.

Alcohol < Cigs < Gambling
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 22, 2018, 01:41:12 AM
Referenced in the latest Squires (https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/aug/21/david-squires-on-familiar-patterns-emerging-in-the-premier-league)

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/bristol-rovers-accidentally-airs-babestation-at-halftime-in-clubhouse-to-group-of-fans-a3912191.html (https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/bristol-rovers-accidentally-airs-babestation-at-halftime-in-clubhouse-to-group-of-fans-a3912191.html)

Quote
"What was seen was pretty moderate and we will talk to our TV engineers and media teams to find out what happened."

Always with the engineers...yeh, whatever.
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Post by: Bronzy on August 22, 2018, 01:56:48 AM
Looks like Legend Gary has had a cracking away day with his universal remote

A lovely pair of Bristols eh laaaaadddssss
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Post by: jobotic on August 22, 2018, 12:36:28 PM
(https://scontent.flhr4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/38949155_10157918651193066_6368888805738414080_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=569cc3163fb618459e8094e73ea19a0d&oe=5BF7AEEE)

The encroaching betting company shirt sponsorship hegemony is one of the more depressing recent football developments. It ruins every shirt it's on. A boiler company is a proper sponsor. Apparently booze has vanished from shirts as they're wary of signing contracts as they reckon they're headed the same way as Benson & Hedges being banned from sponsoring snooker tournaments.

My aim in life is to find out what AIA actually is.

Just enjoying a nice can of Gazprom as I type this.

Gillingham used to be sponsored by a yoghurt company, whose products I never once saw for sale. Aren't you supposed to show your loyalty to your team by using the sponsor's products? Gamble whilst pissed on insurance? I wanted to eat yoghurt until I was sick. Like Chesterfield fans used to deliberately hurt themselves so they could use North Derbyshire Health Authority's services.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 22, 2018, 12:41:59 PM
Gillingham used to be sponsored by a yoghurt company, whose products I never once saw for sale. Aren't you supposed to show your loyalty to your team by using the sponsor's products? Gamble whilst pissed on insurance? I wanted to eat yoghurt until I was sick. Like Chesterfield fans used to deliberately hurt themselves so they could use North Derbyshire Health Authority's services.

My drink problem stems from Holsten's long-term sponsorship of Spurs.

Once bought a Hewlett Packard laptop because of this as well. Biggest pile of shit I have ever used in my life.

Never went on a Thomson holiday but I bet if I had there would have been mad cancellations and it would have turned out I wasn't ATOL protected or something.

Don't trust shirt sponsors, guys. They'll shaft you every time.
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Post by: EOLAN on August 22, 2018, 12:59:32 PM
Gillingham used to be sponsored by a yoghurt company, whose products I never once saw for sale. Aren't you supposed to show your loyalty to your team by using the sponsor's products? Gamble whilst pissed on insurance? I wanted to eat yoghurt until I was sick. Like Chesterfield fans used to deliberately hurt themselves so they could use North Derbyshire Health Authority's services.

Well I have stayed loyal to my favourite ever West Brom' sponsor. The NO smoking Campaign. Have only had a lit cigarette on my lips for about two seconds in my life and I certainly didn't inhale.
 http://www.wbashop.co.uk/p/9289/WBA-1984-HOME-RETRO-SHIRT
For my dislike of Liverpool, I did like their jerseys when they were sponsored by Crown Paints.

As well as being loyal to your own sponsors, you have to boycott your arch rivals sponsors as well. I have never managed to enjoy Doritos.
For a good while; those two lovely Glasgow clubs; Celtic and Rangers used to have the same sponsors, probably for fear of sponsoring one would automatically lead to a mass boycott by the other half of the city.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 22, 2018, 01:01:40 PM
As well as being loyal to your own sponsors, you have to boycott your arch rivals sponsors as well. I have never managed to enjoy Doritos.
For a good while; those two lovely Glasgow clubs; Celtic and Rangers used to have the same sponsors, probably for fear of sponsoring one would automatically lead to a mass boycott by the other half of the city.

I watched a YouTube video of someone reviewing First Class on Emirates and I was really happy when he said it was a massive letdown.

I don't really pay attention to Celtic and Rangers, but don't they still have the same sponsor? This has been a long-term thing for the reason you describe and it has lasted over several different companies, almost as though there's a clause in the contract that if you sponsor one you have to sponsor the other.

Fun sponsorship fact: Since MLS teams adopted shirt sponsorship sales of replica kits have hugely increased. Despite what some say, people actually want to wear the name of a company. No it has nothing to do with Zlatan and Rooney. Fuck off with your alternate theories.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 22, 2018, 01:17:47 PM
I enjoy the mental image of Lee Hendrie and Steve Stone staring in baffled silence at the screen of an AST computer, then jumping in their LDV van to go to Dion Dublin’s house and see if he had a clue how to plug it in.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 22, 2018, 01:21:38 PM
I was confused by the League Cup being sponsored by Carabao, which I guessed was some kind of energy drink of the Monster and Rockstar variety, but one which seemingly was not on sale in the UK until about a month ago.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 22, 2018, 01:49:13 PM
best sponsor. not selling anything, not even holidays.

(https://i2-prod.liverpoolecho.co.uk/incoming/article5117301.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/PA-4320979.jpg)
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Post by: imitationleather on August 22, 2018, 01:51:38 PM
On a similar tip:
(https://www.vintagefootballshirts.com/uploads/products/images/1988-89-millwall-home-shirt-l-5724-1.jpg)
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 22, 2018, 01:54:44 PM
I really like jerseys without sponsors on, to be fair. Remember a few years ago when West brom couldn’t get anybody to sponsor them so they had plain jerseys? They were really nice. Ditto west ham after the Alpari trading fiasco.
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Post by: gilbertharding on August 22, 2018, 02:05:46 PM
Saints had this beauty, recreating their first ever strip for the 125th anniversary:

(http://georgeweahscousin.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/aocsash-223x300.jpg)

Though many assumed we'd just failed to find a sponsor because we're so crap (this was the second League One season).

Meanwhile - I have a Draper Tools socket set, but I've never found a branch of Friends Provident in which to open an account, nor used a Rank Xerox photocopier, flown FlyBe or Air Florida, have no idea what Sanderson or Veho are, and I'm not buying anything Branson is selling if I have any choice in the matter...
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Post by: Bronzy on August 22, 2018, 02:39:28 PM
I don't really pay attention to Celtic and Rangers, but don't they still have the same sponsor? This has been a long-term thing for the reason you describe and it has lasted over several different companies, almost as though there's a clause in the contract that if you sponsor one you have to sponsor the other.

Celtic are sponsored by Dafabet while Rangers are sponsored by 32Red. Backs up the idea that betting companies are taking over.

Fun fact: Hamilton Academical's stadium is now called the Hope CBD Stadium due to a sponsorship agreement with a Cannabis oil company.
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Post by: Brian Freeze on August 22, 2018, 04:09:17 PM
A boiler company is a proper sponsor.

BAXI

sigh . . .

It'd be interesting to see the breakdown/makeup of the rest of the leagues sponsors if anyone finds that info.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 22, 2018, 04:22:39 PM
Another one for all you sponsorship-heads out there:
(http://www.sportingintelligence.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/PL-shirts-16-17.jpg)

The gap between the lower of the higher incomes (Spurs) and the rest is pretty alarming. It's also interesting that although half the league are gambling companies, they're nearly all in the bottom half in terms of cold, hard cash.

It wasn't until Middlesbrough added a clarification on their shirt that I realised the Ramsdens they were sponsored by weren't the fish and chips man.
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Post by: EOLAN on August 22, 2018, 04:38:32 PM

It wasn't until Middlesbrough added a clarification on their shirt that I realised the Ramsdens they were sponsored by weren't the fish and chips man.

Hmm, I been thinking that right up until now.
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Post by: Squink on August 22, 2018, 06:24:38 PM
Interesting to see the "nationalities" of most of those betting sponsors.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 22, 2018, 06:36:29 PM
I'd also speculate that King Power only giving Leicester £1m is a fiddle, what with that company also sponsoring the stadium and their close links to the Thai Royal family.
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Post by: Rolf Lundgren on August 22, 2018, 07:01:41 PM
When you're getting paid a few million, why bother? It's like stadium sponsorship which roughly goes for the same price. It's a drop in the ocean to all Premiership clubs compared to TV money so may as well play in a ground with a decent name and a shirt with a decent design instead of selling it all off down the river.
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Post by: Captain Z on August 22, 2018, 07:52:38 PM
I grew up watching Liverpool and I was always eating candy.
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Post by: JarrowMonkey on August 22, 2018, 08:13:51 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45268203

Canny players, nice bloke, life can be a cunt to some people

this cheered me up, from a Hartlepool United site


'Agree with all the above although only at Pools for a short while was a good player and popular with supporters,was one of the first black players at Pools for a long time many years after the late great Tony Parry. I remember going to Haifax for a mid week League cup tie, Pools were attacking were the main group of supporters were behind the goal and were awarded a corner. As they were lining up the Halifax keeper shouted "leave the black b------ to me " over came the ball and Lenny headed in He stood on the line and when the celebrations died down his reply was"the black b------ scores again" the pefect way to defeat racist scum.'

Lee Bracey, the Halifax keeper on the night, is a copper now
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Lurker on August 23, 2018, 12:41:02 AM
Gillingham used to be sponsored by a yoghurt company, whose products I never once saw for sale. Aren't you supposed to show your loyalty to your team by using the sponsor's products? Gamble whilst pissed on insurance? I wanted to eat yoghurt until I was sick. Like Chesterfield fans used to deliberately hurt themselves so they could use North Derbyshire Health Authority's services.

Can only imagine what Doncaster fans were getting up to when they were sponsored by Ledger Mobility

(http://www.doncasterrovers.co.uk/pic/NtoR/Ravenhill,Ricky1.jpg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: thecuriousorange on August 23, 2018, 09:00:20 PM
I'm collecting money for charity outside a game that's part of the "UEFA Nations League". What is this?
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Post by: imitationleather on August 23, 2018, 09:20:23 PM
I'm collecting money for charity outside a game that's part of the "UEFA Nations League". What is this?

You've seen the bit in The Day Today where Alan Partridge explains USA '94 in the most complicated way possible? It's that, but real. What's weirdest about it is that it ensures one of the minnow teams will definitely qualify for the European Championships. Which is just what it needs. Also despite tonnes of effort and money being poured into making it happen they will have to drop it when Qatar 2022 rolls around because there won't be space for the fixtures.

Anyway, tonight:

Celtic drew with Sūduva Marijampolė, a team I actually had to Google but now know loads about. I can't work out if Celtic are not fussed about the Europa League, or if they are just incredibly shit.

Atalanta drew 0:0 with Copenhagen, despite having 27 shots. Shocking.

Burnley lost 3:1 to Olympiakos. The tie was always going to be a tough ask, and it seems a bit unfortunate that they faced a team with actual european competition pedigree in the qualifying rounds. That said, the tournament can probably do without a side purposefully trying to draw every group game 0:0, and being out of europe reduces the likelihood of them being relegated from the Premier League.

Rangers currently beating Ufa 1:0. So I shall have to hold fire on my observation that they failed to beat a side from a city that is most known for the fact that "Periodically, a suffocating, unpleasant chemical smell is felt on the territory."

You don't get this sort of stuff in the Champions League, lads.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 23, 2018, 09:32:34 PM
Burnley and Olympiakos' best performances in Europe have been Quarter Finals of the European Cup, both once (1961 and 1999, respectively).
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 23, 2018, 09:42:57 PM
Burnley and Olympiakos' best performances in Europe have been Quarter Finals of the European Cup, both once (1961 and 1999, respectively).

Odd angle to attack Corbyn
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: buttgammon on August 23, 2018, 10:58:23 PM
F91 Dudelange are 2-0 up after the first leg of their Europa League tie, meaning we may finally get a team from Luxembourg in the group stage.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 23, 2018, 11:09:45 PM
F91 Dudelange are 2-0 up after the first leg of their Europa League tie, meaning we may finally get a team from Luxembourg in the group stage.

Luxembourg football has drastically improved in the past year. The players aren't on amazing wages, either, so it's not yer traditional financially-inflated league, despite how rich the country is. Something is going on there. Would not be surprised to see them come close to qualifying for Euro 2020.

On the wages tip, apparently they're so modest that nearly all the players can't actually afford to live in Luxembourg itself and commute from neighbouring countries.

It's probably sensible investment in good coaches or some mad shit like that. An idea that definitely would never work in England. Just because.
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Post by: buttgammon on August 23, 2018, 11:45:55 PM
Luxembourg football has drastically improved in the past year. The players aren't on amazing wages, either, so it's not yer traditional financially-inflated league, despite how rich the country is. Something is going on there. Would not be surprised to see them come close to qualifying for Euro 2020.

Considering the Nations League format (and a few impressive results like a goalless draw with France a year or so ago), they might actually have a chance.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 24, 2018, 12:43:21 AM
Legend Stelvio plays for them too.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 24, 2018, 03:19:10 AM
“Gerrad’s Rangers” all over the BBC.

“Closing I’m on the group stages”

I hope they don’t make it so they can go back to being Rangers.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on August 24, 2018, 03:58:36 AM
“Gerrad’s Rangers” all over the BBC.

“Closing I’m on the group stages”

I hope they don’t make it so they can go back to being Rangers.

The BBC really need to sort out those spelling mistakes.

Emery's Arse(nal)
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 24, 2018, 02:19:46 PM
Steevie Gerrad. England Ledgand.
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Post by: Bronzy on August 24, 2018, 03:14:28 PM
Steevie Gerrad. England Ledgand.

Legend Steven

(https://cdn.images.dailystar.co.uk/dynamic/140/photos/855000/620x/Steven-Gerrard-437653.jpg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: boki on August 24, 2018, 03:26:01 PM
Stop humanising it.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on August 24, 2018, 03:39:37 PM
never realised how small Theo Walcott is
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: JarrowMonkey on August 24, 2018, 07:03:39 PM
On this day thirty years ago

https://www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk/news/2018/august/240818-flashback-video-of-goals-from-hartlepool-united-6-manchester-united-0-in-august-1988/

Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 24, 2018, 07:10:24 PM
On this day thirty years ago

https://www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk/news/2018/august/240818-flashback-video-of-goals-from-hartlepool-united-6-manchester-united-0-in-august-1988/

*Missing audio from the Wearside Jack tapes finally aired to the public*
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 24, 2018, 07:56:32 PM
On this day thirty years ago

https://www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk/news/2018/august/240818-flashback-video-of-goals-from-hartlepool-united-6-manchester-united-0-in-august-1988/

Ooh! Better head off to the 'Fuck My Hat...' thread.

Who'd have thought that Hartlepool had a website!?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: JarrowMonkey on August 24, 2018, 09:45:22 PM
“Gerrad’s Rangers” all over the BBC.

“Closing I’m on the group stages”

I hope they don’t make it so they can go back to being Rangers.

I don't think,I've ever wanted anyone to fail in a role as much as this cunt
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: JarrowMonkey on August 24, 2018, 09:45:54 PM

I don't think I've ever wanted anyone to fail in a role as much as this cunt
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on August 24, 2018, 10:16:22 PM
I don't think,I've ever wanted anyone to fail in a role as much as this cunt

I can think of quite a decent amount of cunts I'd want to fail before him, to be fair.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 25, 2018, 02:19:14 AM
I reckon it'd be hilarious if he was competent (getting Rangers from second to third every season) and was stuck in the role for life.

Frank Lampard's Derby County are the one you want playing Vanarama League Football. Frank. Fucking. Lampard.

Imagine if John Terry ever goes into management. "I'm this guy that, except for a few Chelsea fans, think is the biggest cunt on the planet." It's not how I would open my job pitch.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on August 25, 2018, 03:01:41 AM
I reckon it'd be hilarious if he was competent (getting Rangers from second to third every season) and was stuck in the role for life.

He's actually started very well, he's managed 10 games so far, won 6 and drawn 4 without losing any, and has got Rangers 90 minutes away from the Europa League group stage, which is pretty impressive considering last season they were knocked out in the first qualifying round by the 4th best team in Luxembourg.

I reckon he'll go on to be a good manager, based on absolutely nothing at all.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monkfromhavana on August 25, 2018, 10:06:07 AM
Graeme Souness mk2
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2018, 12:47:18 PM
He's actually started very well, he's managed 10 games so far, won 6 and drawn 4 without losing any, and has got Rangers 90 minutes away from the Europa League group stage, which is pretty impressive considering last season they were knocked out in the first qualifying round by the 4th best team in Luxembourg.

I reckon he'll go on to be a good manager, based on absolutely nothing at all.

I can't remember if you are a Rangers fan - I suspect that is the only reason you think that the above statement holds water.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 25, 2018, 01:17:16 PM
Man City look really shit today.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2018, 01:24:40 PM
Man City look really shit today.

because they're not 5-0 up?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on August 25, 2018, 01:29:14 PM
Graeme Souness mk2

The lack of a porn star moustache is glaring
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on August 25, 2018, 01:32:05 PM
I can't remember if you are a Rangers fan - I suspect that is the only reason you think that the above statement holds water.

It's because in my head, scousers generally become good managers.

The accent hypnotises opposition managers during the pre-match handshake.
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Post by: bgmnts on August 25, 2018, 01:44:55 PM
because they're not 5-0 up?

No because they've been shit...?

Lisbon Wanderers 1 - 0 Man City.

Lol.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2018, 01:47:57 PM
No because they've been shit...?

Lisbon Wanderers 1 - 0 Man City.

Lol.

OK, proven! Willy Boly, what a name, who's he?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on August 25, 2018, 01:51:24 PM
It's because in my head, scousers generally become good managers.

The accent hypnotises opposition managers during the pre-match handshake.

Exhibit #1: Paul Cook
https://twitter.com/themakelelerole/status/911176686934396928?s=21
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 25, 2018, 02:28:43 PM
I didn't watch Wolves v Man City because I thought it'd be another tiresome mauling. Fucking typical.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on August 25, 2018, 02:44:18 PM
I can't remember if you are a Rangers fan - I suspect that is the only reason you think that the above statement holds water.

For the record I am, and to be fair to him Gerrard's done far better than our previous 3 managers already (though that's not saying much), as much as I disliked him as a player I can see why Liverpool fans liked him, he's a total professional.

*in before we lose the Old Firm 5-0 again*
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 25, 2018, 03:02:05 PM
I didn't watch Wolves v Man City because I thought it'd be another tiresome mauling. Fucking typical.

Great game I thought.
I like the cut of Wolves' jib.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 25, 2018, 03:28:53 PM
Arsenal's defence, a comedy troupe so funny they could win the Perrier Award.
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Post by: bgmnts on August 25, 2018, 03:29:57 PM
Arse 1-0 down against joint bottom West Ham.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 25, 2018, 03:32:16 PM
#wengerout
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on August 25, 2018, 04:46:02 PM
Need Everton or Swindon to score (win) to win 30+ big ones. If both score, I will have 70- big ones (unless other teams score). I also need Blodders to fuck off this thread for a bit.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on August 25, 2018, 05:02:46 PM
Richarlison embarrassed himself and his fellow fantasy teammates with that ludicrous display.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2018, 05:29:14 PM
HZJ, Robbie Williams, Norman Smurthwaite, your boys took one hell of a beating

Tranmere Rovers 1 - 0 Port Vale

Just like the olden days
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2018, 05:33:10 PM
Oh and Frickley 10 - 1 Liversedge (after being 1-0 down in the first minute, also Sam Liversidge scored against Liversedge!)
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Post by: imitationleather on August 25, 2018, 05:40:10 PM
Gateshead drew 1:1 with Leyton Orient. 89th minute Orient goal. Ow. A fair result from my point of view, I guess. I couldn't face going in the end, too much loyalty to both sides to pick a team. Orient being the first team I ever went to see, and Gateshead... Y'know... They're Gateshead!

It and their last result is throwing something of a spanner in Gateshead's hopes of getting promoted to the bright lights of League 2 after a promising start, though.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2018, 05:42:57 PM
Gateshead drew 1:1 with Leyton Orient. 89th minute Orient goal. Ow. A fair result from my point of view, I guess. I couldn't face going in the end, too much loyalty to both sides to pick a team. Orient being the first team I ever went to see, and Gateshead... Y'know... They're Gateshead!

It and their last result is throwing something of a spanner in Gateshead's hopes of getting promoted to the bright lights of League 2 after a promising start, though.

when Newcastle were really in the pits a few years ago (are they ever out of the pits?), a load of true Toon Army fans at the University went all hipster and said they'd go and watch Gateshead every home game instead. Lasted 2 games, the wankers. I guess if no-one is paying attention to you doing these sorts of things its not worth the bother for narcissists.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 25, 2018, 05:48:38 PM
when Newcastle were really in the pits a few years ago (are they ever out of the pits?), a load of true Toon Army fans at the University went all hipster and said they'd go and watch Gateshead every home game instead. Lasted 2 games, the wankers. I guess if no-one is paying attention to you doing these sorts of things its not worth the bother for narcissists.

Newcastle University has stopped doing cheap Toon Army tickets, hence me changing allegiance. Also I really didn't feel comfortable going to see a side in the same division as my main team. When they were in the Championship I was bang up for lending them my fickle support. It was also piss-easy to get ticket and they cost barely anything.

Supporting Gateshead on a regular basis if you live in Newcastle is a big ask, though. I don't want to be mean to Gateshead as a place, but it is basically an endless load of industrial estates. Can be draining to walk through, especially when alone. I mean, you could get the Metro or a cab, but that is cheating.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2018, 05:53:19 PM
You basically live in Gateshead, you could wave your scarf across the bridge.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on August 25, 2018, 05:54:59 PM
You basically live in Gateshead, you could wave your scarf across the bridge.

It's a two-mile walk to Gateshead Stadium from my flat. They don't play in The Sage.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2018, 06:06:27 PM
It's a two-mile walk to Gateshead Stadium from my flat. They don't play in The Sage.

I know that. 2 miles is 22 minute walk for a fit young lad like you. Plus you can stop in some of the glorious pubs along the route (well, before it becomes wasteland and shrubs).
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 25, 2018, 10:56:58 PM
Incredible scenes in the FA Cup today following Frickley's 10-1 win.

Clitheroe 6 - 6 Sunderland RCA (Clitheroe up 4-1 and 5-2 before 2 red cards for them and a last minute equaliser for Sunderland)

Greenwich Borough 3 - 7 Lansing

Daventry Town 7 - 5 Yaxley (following their 9-2 victory in the previous round)

Arundel 1 - 7 Herne Bay

Meanwhile, slim pickings for the 60 people through the gate at Chipstead after they were dispatched 1-0 by Corinthian.
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Post by: monkfromhavana on August 25, 2018, 11:30:18 PM
Incredible scenes in the FA Cup today following Frickley's 10-1 win.

Clitheroe 6 - 6 Sunderland RCA (Clitheroe up 4-1 and 5-2 before 2 red cards for them and a last minute equaliser for Sunderland)

Greenwich Borough 3 - 7 Lansing

Daventry Town 7 - 5 Yaxley (following their 9-2 victory in the previous round)

Arundel 1 - 7 Herne Bay

Meanwhile, slim pickings for the 60 people through the gate at Chipstead after they were dispatched 1-0 by Corinthian.

I went to a local derby between my local team, Bedworth, and Atherstone which ended up 1-3. Probably about 600-700 there which is a fair size turnout. Sloppy defending from us, plus we hit the bar and post twice each.

Still, good to see that Iyseden Christie is still turning out for us. Arguably the footballer with the weirdest body ever to grace a football pitch.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: JarrowMonkey on August 26, 2018, 12:56:45 PM
I reckon it'd be hilarious if he was competent (getting Rangers from second to third every season) and was stuck in the role for life.

Frank Lampard's Derby County are the one you want playing Vanarama League Football. Frank. Fucking. Lampard.

Imagine if John Terry ever goes into management. "I'm this guy that, except for a few Chelsea fans, think is the biggest cunt on the planet." It's not how I would open my job pitch.

Fuck me, how those two cunts didn't even come into view is beyond me!, at least Redknapp jnr hasn't tried to follow his fathers mediocre footsteps
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: JarrowMonkey on August 26, 2018, 01:02:50 PM
It's because in my head, scousers generally become good managers.

The accent hypnotises opposition managers during the pre-match handshake.

Apart from Kenny Dalglish, once the money dried up, fucking useless, however as a Hartlepool fan, what he did at Newcastle will make sure he also has a place in my heart, signing over the hill,horseshite mates like Ian Rush, Stuart Pearce and John Barnes made sure the 'Hartlepool Mags' kept their gobshite heads down for a good few seasons
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Post by: bgmnts on August 26, 2018, 02:58:12 PM
2 great goals for Watford.
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Post by: gabrielconroy on August 26, 2018, 04:42:05 PM
Seri's scored an absolute belter: https://upload.streamja.com/mp4/51/512l.mp4

I also have Mitrovic on the bench and he's already bagged two :(.
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Post by: bgmnts on August 26, 2018, 05:41:14 PM
Even by David Luiz standards that was embarrassing defending.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 26, 2018, 07:20:35 PM
Seri's scored an absolute belter: https://upload.streamja.com/mp4/51/512l.mp4

I also have Mitrovic on the bench and he's already bagged two :(.

That's the first time I've ever seen anything in HD. feels odd.
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Post by: dr beat on August 26, 2018, 11:08:52 PM
I remember Ruud Gullit from 30 years ago, with his hair and that. At what point did he start posting here? Did Danny Murphy introduce him?
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Post by: imitationleather on August 27, 2018, 03:08:40 PM
Spurs win tonight. Please, Football God, let there be a a Spurs win tonight. What do you want, a sacrificed virgin? I'll go on an incel forum and find one if that is what will please you in your sick, fucked-up, bloodthirsty head. Why even create these people just to have them murdered? Why? God? Why??

Anyway, Man Utd drawing or God forbid, winning, in their Jose "I want to be fired, please leave a wheelbarrow full of the cash I'm owed for the rest of my contract on your way out"-style, would be yet another precious two hours of my life wasted, and no-one wants that. Except for my enemies, this is. My hated, loathed, and numerous, enemies. Always plotting my Bank Holiday downfalls.
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Post by: garnish on August 27, 2018, 05:27:45 PM
Sigh.  It's just so dull, isn't it? All that Mourinho shit.
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Post by: mr. logic on August 27, 2018, 05:39:45 PM
1-0 Man Utd.

And so it goes, this thing of ours.
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Post by: Squink on August 27, 2018, 06:02:11 PM
Sigh.  It's just so dull, isn't it? All that Mourinho shit.

I think there's now palpable evidence that even Mourinho finds the Mourinho shit dull. He can barely muster the words to speak at a press conference. He's effectively eaten himself.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 27, 2018, 07:40:22 PM
Man U ALWAYS beat Spurs at Old Trafford.
It's just one of those things that happens - like Wigan beating Man City in the cup.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on August 27, 2018, 07:41:38 PM
I think there's now palpable evidence that even Mourinho finds the Mourinho shit dull. He can barely muster the words to speak at a press conference. He's effectively eaten himself.

Watch that interview he did with Dan Walker. It explains everything.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 27, 2018, 08:49:58 PM
Man U: Pass...Pass...Misplaced pass.
Spurs: Pass...Pass...Misplaced pass.

*repeat for 45 minutes*
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Post by: garnish on August 27, 2018, 09:10:23 PM
Usually find these kind of games dull but actually it's great fun seeing Mourinho go 2-0 down within 5 minutes of play.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 27, 2018, 09:43:12 PM
Usually find these kind of games dull but actually it's great fun seeing Mourinho go 2-0 down within 5 minutes of play.

3-0 is, of course, even greater fun.
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Post by: garnish on August 27, 2018, 09:44:04 PM
The best bit is when the cameras zoom in on Man Utd fans looking very sad and sorry for themselves.
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Post by: garnish on August 27, 2018, 09:44:49 PM
Mourinho has been one of the most successful Man Utd managers in the modern era.  Perhaps second only to Sir Alan Ferguson.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 27, 2018, 09:45:58 PM
Man U ALWAYS beat Spurs at Old Trafford.
It's just one of those things that happens - like Wigan beating Man City in the cup.

My comments may have been taken out of context...
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Post by: Captain Z on August 27, 2018, 09:46:37 PM
Incredible statistic from NBCSN, Man Utd have never lost 0-2 at Old Trafford in the Premier League era. Wasn't going to post until full time in order not to jinx it, but now that it's 3 I guess that statistic will remain.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 27, 2018, 09:47:32 PM
Mourinho has been one of the most successful Man Utd managers in the modern era.  Perhaps second only to Sir Alan Ferguson.

Van Gaal won the FA Cup though, so let's call Jose third.
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Post by: monolith on August 27, 2018, 09:49:12 PM
This is brilliant.
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Post by: jobotic on August 27, 2018, 09:50:02 PM
You know Man City are going to beat Wigan in the cup now?
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 27, 2018, 09:50:33 PM
Fred looks a world beater
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 27, 2018, 09:53:53 PM
To be fair to the Man U fans, at least they didn't boo their team off at the final whistle.
OK, there weren't any Man U fans left in the ground at the final whistle, but the point stands.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 27, 2018, 09:56:27 PM
To be fair to the Man U fans, at least they didn't boo their team off at the final whistle.
OK, there weren't any Man U fans left in the ground at the final whistle, but the point stands.

You're time will come again for this. 10 years perhaps, but it will come.
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Post by: garnish on August 27, 2018, 09:56:42 PM
The next Man Utd manager will be Larry White.
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Post by: Utter Shit on August 27, 2018, 10:27:06 PM
Have that you bastards.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 27, 2018, 10:27:30 PM
Martin Tyler: "The angle was too tight..."
(https://i.imgur.com/RSdRJAV.jpg)

What's a loose angle look like?
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Post by: DolphinFace on August 27, 2018, 10:39:50 PM
Where's Chand
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 27, 2018, 10:41:28 PM
Quote
Trevor: They might be Man Utd but Spurs are men united

Fucking kill me now
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Post by: imitationleather on August 27, 2018, 11:02:23 PM
https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1034191578825408512

Yep. Definitely "departed by mutual consent" before the week is out.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 27, 2018, 11:08:24 PM
https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1034191578825408512

Yep. Definitely "departed by mutual consent" before the week is out.

"Man City lack class"
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Post by: RDRR on August 27, 2018, 11:23:54 PM
yes 3-0, but also 3-2
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Post by: Quote on August 27, 2018, 11:25:27 PM
https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1034191578825408512

Yep. Definitely "departed by mutual consent" before the week is out.

(http://oi67.tinypic.com/2uxy4k2.jpg)
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 27, 2018, 11:55:35 PM
Zidane to Utd. Glory days back. Get in!

...what...what do you mean Moyles is returning!?
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Post by: EOLAN on August 27, 2018, 11:59:21 PM
Chris Moyles taking on the United job. That's the kind of out of the box thinking that has been missing for too long.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on August 28, 2018, 03:20:54 AM
Lads, it’s Tottenham FUCKING DESOLATION
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Post by: Utter Shit on August 28, 2018, 10:03:13 AM
Losing from winning positions as a matter of course over a period of decades is not Spursy. Finishing third in a two-horse race is not Spursy.

Securing a historic 3-0 victory at Old Trafford and waking up the next morning thinking "what a fantastic day to be a Tottenham fan", only to see that beloved former captain Gary Mabbutt has had his foot eaten by rats - now that is fucking Spursy.
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Post by: gabrielconroy on August 28, 2018, 10:47:26 AM
Losing from winning positions as a matter of course over a period of decades is not Spursy. Finishing third in a two-horse race is not Spursy.

Securing a historic 3-0 victory at Old Trafford and waking up the next morning thinking "what a fantastic day to be a Tottenham fan", only to see that beloved former captain Gary Mabbutt has had his foot eaten by rats - now that is fucking Spursy.

I actually went and looked that up expecting to find nothing. But it's true. Gary Mabbutt's foot has been eaten by rats. Besides being really quite sad, it's utterly surreal. Don't know what to make of it.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 28, 2018, 02:50:43 PM
Sorry to hear about Legend Mabbutt's foot.

Anyway, I've been saying since January that Lucas is going to be an absolute superstar once given game time.

SPURS FOR SECOND PLACE IN 2018/19!
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Post by: bgmnts on August 28, 2018, 03:20:50 PM
Lukaku's sitter was hilarious.

Shocking defending for all 3 goals really. Ander Herrera looked soft as shite for Lucas' goal.
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Post by: Utter Shit on August 28, 2018, 04:10:06 PM
Lukaku is obviously getting stick for his miss but Alli's was even worse - he was already past De Gea and just had to roll it into the net, but for some reason he decided he needed it on his right foot, so tried a weird pirouette to get it onto his right, allowing De Gea time to get back. Baffling decision - I get wanting it on his right foot, but it was literally an open goal, a few yards out...he just had to roll it in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5NVzrMDbFs

It's around 3m30s in this clip.
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Post by: lankyguy95 on August 28, 2018, 05:10:23 PM
He could've gone down too.
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 28, 2018, 06:44:27 PM
He could've gone down too.

Given his previous delayed reactions, he still might.
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Post by: bgmnts on August 28, 2018, 08:01:51 PM
West Ham making a mockery of themselves and my accumulator here.
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Post by: bgmnts on August 28, 2018, 08:56:33 PM
Still 1 down against 10 man AFC Wimbledon.

Fuck sake.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 28, 2018, 09:12:13 PM
Still 1 down against 10 man AFC Wimbledon.

Fuck sake.

Still on the old betting I see. Post your bets on here so everyone can bet the opposite and win some cash.
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Post by: bgmnts on August 28, 2018, 09:41:46 PM
Still on the old betting I see. Post your bets on here so everyone can bet the opposite and win some cash.

West Ham 3 - 1 AFC Wimbledon

£35 quid yes please.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 28, 2018, 11:44:28 PM
West Ham 3 - 1 AFC Wimbledon

£35 quid yes please.

You can thank me later :)
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Post by: The Lurker on August 29, 2018, 12:59:51 PM
Nomadic Football League battering ram Jon Parkin, now plying his trade with York, is bringing out an autobiography. The foreword writers are something else.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DlSJe7CXgAAl3Z5.jpg)
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Post by: The Lurker on August 29, 2018, 01:03:11 PM
Speaking of York, their Conference North clash against Nuneaton Borough has been called off... due to international call-ups: https://www.yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk/news/match-postponed-nuneaton-borough-0
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 29, 2018, 01:11:29 PM
Speaking of York, their Conference North clash against Nuneaton Borough has been called off... due to international call-ups: https://www.yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk/news/match-postponed-nuneaton-borough-0

At least Kairo doesn't have to travel too far to Granada (Manchester).
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Post by: hermitical on August 29, 2018, 07:01:09 PM
Mama mia (https://twitter.com/ElMengem/status/1034361738672656384)
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Post by: JarrowMonkey on August 29, 2018, 07:13:52 PM
Nomadic Football League battering ram Jon Parkin, now plying his trade with York, is bringing out an autobiography. The foreword writers are something else.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DlSJe7CXgAAl3Z5.jpg)

I remember Chris Turner fucking him off from Hartlepool for getting caught on the lash before a match, smurking tabs as well, the scamp
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Post by: drummersaredeaf on August 30, 2018, 01:50:11 PM
Jon Parkin enjoying his time at Stoke

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_L8i2Sib4iX8/SCMcfqPRoXI/AAAAAAAAA3U/rfcts72OdDk/s320/parkin.jpg)
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Post by: imitationleather on August 30, 2018, 04:03:44 PM
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW PREDICTION: Spurs, Barcelona, Ajax, Inter
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 30, 2018, 05:12:03 PM
"Unbeaten Gerrard" is being hailed as a tactical magician to rival the best managers of our age after securing a 1-1 draw away to Ufa despite having two thugs sent off.

Next Man Utd Boss?
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Post by: imitationleather on August 30, 2018, 05:19:05 PM
"Unbeaten Gerrard" is being hailed as a tactical magician to rival the best managers of our age after securing a 1-1 draw away to Ufa despite having two thugs sent off.

Next Man Utd Boss?

Ufa scored a disallowed goal that would have sent Rangers out in the 94th minute. Life just is not fair.

On the upside, I don't have to spend the evening in A&E having my sides sewn up.
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Post by: jobotic on August 30, 2018, 05:21:58 PM
Ufa vs Tom Tomsk just sounds like the cutest lil' football match you ever did see.

Bet it isn't.
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Post by: GMTV on August 30, 2018, 05:23:54 PM
Tremendous result. Back where we belong. Thanks Stevie G
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 30, 2018, 05:54:38 PM
Ufa scored a disallowed goal that would have sent Rangers out in the 94th minute. Life just is not fair.

On the upside, I don't have to spend the evening in A&E having my sides sewn up.

I think they needed to score 2 more because away goals.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 30, 2018, 05:56:09 PM
Tremendous result. Back where we belong. Thanks Stevie G

Quote from: BBC
People were asking the question of Steven Gerrard and whether he was tactically good enough. He's answered a huge question. Rangers rode their luck at times but it was a brilliant performance.

If they beat Celtic at the weekend then I'll resign from Gerrard chat.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on August 30, 2018, 06:02:05 PM
"Rode their luck" = shit tactically but doesn't fit narrative
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 30, 2018, 06:07:33 PM
CL draw:

Group A
Atlético Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Monaco
Club Brugge

Group B
Barcelona
Tottenham Hotspur
PSV Eindhoven
Internazionale

Group C
PSG
Napoli
Liverpool
Red Star Belgrade

Group D
Lokomotiv Moscow
Porto
Schalke
Galatasaray

Group E
Bayern Munich
Benfica
Ajax
AEK Athens

Group F
Manchester City
Shakhtar Donetsk
Lyon
Hoffenheim

Group G
Real Madrid
Roma
CSKA Moscow
Viktoria Plzeň

Group H
Juventus
Manchester United
Valencia
Young Boys
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 30, 2018, 06:10:01 PM
Tough draws for Liverpool and Spurs.
Not easy for Man U.
Piece of piss for Man City.
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Post by: chveik on August 30, 2018, 06:17:06 PM
Looking forward to PSG - Liverpool
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 30, 2018, 06:20:28 PM
That's Man U out of Europe.
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Post by: Captain Z on August 30, 2018, 06:27:41 PM
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW PREDICTION: Spurs, Barcelona, Ajax, Inter

If only!
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Post by: DrGreggles on August 30, 2018, 06:29:12 PM
How come I've only just become aware of this?
https://youtu.be/VXB45WpCVCw?t=544
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Post by: bgmnts on August 30, 2018, 08:29:13 PM
Sam Vokes has missed two sitters for Burnley so far tonight.

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Post by: Bronzy on August 30, 2018, 08:58:01 PM
I was absolutely shitting myself during that Ufa game, as soon as the second player was sent off I was sure we would go out.

Cheers Stevie, just don't end up slipping and falling on your arse again (in a managerial sense, whatever the fuck that means).
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Post by: Bronzy on August 30, 2018, 09:02:46 PM
If they beat Celtic at the weekend then I'll resign from Gerrard chat.

If he does it I will personally make love to him (as long as he consents).

And to think I despised him when he was a player, mainly due to his shit haircut.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 30, 2018, 09:23:05 PM
If he does it I will personally make love to him (as long as he consents).

And to think I despised him when he was a player, mainly due to his shit haircut.

How much of Rangers' current success can be pinned on the manager, honest question. Do you think he's already showing decent managerial chops?
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Post by: bgmnts on August 30, 2018, 09:26:03 PM
Burnley have missed so many chances tonight and have conceded late on. Oops.
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Post by: Bronzy on August 30, 2018, 09:52:44 PM
How much of Rangers' current success can be pinned on the manager, honest question. Do you think he's already showing decent managerial chops?

I think his recruitment has been very good - how much of that is done by him I don't know but almost all of the deadwood has gone and from the looks of it so far has been replaced with genuinely decent players.

I don't think Gerrard is particularly special tactically, but he's playing a similar style to Liverpool (surprise surprise) with a pressing 4-3-3 and it's been pretty effective so far, though I would say there's been a couple of times where he's been slightly naive (sitting too deep and defending a one goal lead or throwing too many men up for corners).

His biggest strength is almost certainly his man management, the players look pumped up, they fight for every ball and go in hard (which probably explains the card count) and it's something that I haven't seen at Rangers for fucking ages, so I'm pleased with what I've seen so far with him.

I reckon he can become a very good manager, he seems to be passionate about what he's doing and is a natural leader, like the way he was as a player.
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Post by: imitationleather on August 31, 2018, 12:19:20 PM
Them explaining the Europa League group stage draw is like fucking Numberwang.

Thankfully no-one from Israel qualified for this time, or this section would last about eight hours. "Essentially, every single other team has refused to play against Hapoel Be'er Sheeva, so they get to be in their own special competition. Which we will award the trophy to them for now."
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Post by: BlodwynPig on August 31, 2018, 01:08:55 PM
Red Bull vs. Red Bull should be interesting.
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Post by: Bronzy on August 31, 2018, 01:20:11 PM
Red Bull vs. Red Bull should be interesting.

Imagine the sponsorship chaos if the Europa League was sponsored by Carabao.

So excited that I've already bought some Hankook tyres, posted a FedEx package and rented a car from Enterprise.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 01, 2018, 12:43:02 PM
Christ Leicester look shit here, lads.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 01, 2018, 01:50:27 PM
That goal made me laugh hard, every element was dogshit.

Shit pass back to keeper.
Obligatory Liverpool goalie howler.
Leicester almost fucking it up.

Premier League!
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Post by: imitationleather on September 01, 2018, 01:54:30 PM
You wouldn't catch Karius fucking up like that. Was Alisson trying to pass the ball out for a corner or something?
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Post by: dr beat on September 01, 2018, 03:50:37 PM
Photo of McClaren on BBCs live football feed. His Hair Island is in danger of becoming a Hair Archipelago.  Climate change perhaps?
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 01, 2018, 05:13:28 PM
Photo of McClaren on BBCs live football feed. His Hair Island is in danger of becoming a Hair Archipelago.  Climate change perhaps?

Those teeth tho
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 01, 2018, 05:19:42 PM
Was Alisson trying to pass the ball out for a corner or something?

My Dad would call it "fannying about".
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Post by: imitationleather on September 01, 2018, 06:21:16 PM
Perhaps not the best time to air a never-ending ad for a series* about how great Manchester City are.

*Hadn't realised this thing was an actual series. I thought it was just an hour-long documentary thing. A series. My word.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 01, 2018, 07:30:51 PM
Perhaps not the best time to air a never-ending ad for a series* about how great Manchester City are.

*Hadn't realised this thing was an actual series. I thought it was just an hour-long documentary thing. A series. My word.

Every cock’s second team now aren’t they?
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Post by: imitationleather on September 01, 2018, 08:25:41 PM
Juventus really should be losing to Parma. 1:1 at half-time. It's been actually surprisingly entertaining, way better than the Premier League games I watched today.

The growing desperation in the voice of the commentators as Ronaldo continues to be completely anonymous is quite something. I think Eleven Sports are beginning to realise they paid a lot to inadvertently broadcast CR7 failing to boss Serie A every single week.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 01, 2018, 10:04:47 PM
Juventus really should be losing to Parma. 1:1 at half-time. It's been actually surprisingly entertaining, way better than the Premier League games I watched today.

The growing desperation in the voice of the commentators as Ronaldo continues to be completely anonymous is quite something. I think Eleven Sports are beginning to realise they paid a lot to inadvertently broadcast CR7 failing to boss Serie A every single week.

Classic BIG TEAM BULLYING though in the end, 2-1 Juve, Matuidi rather than CR7. Bale and Benzema tearing it up back at Real, indicating that perhaps CR7 not so much of a talisman.
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Post by: The Lurker on September 01, 2018, 10:10:54 PM
Needless to say, Neymar had the last laugh

https://twitter.com/ESPNFC/status/1035936830640869378
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Post by: garnish on September 01, 2018, 11:12:35 PM
Classic BIG TEAM BULLYING though in the end, 2-1 Juve, Matuidi rather than CR7. Bale and Benzema tearing it up back at Real, indicating that perhaps CR7 not so much of a talisman.

Real won't have much trouble beating Leganes at home, it's the Champions League where they might have trouble without Ronaldo.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 01, 2018, 11:30:34 PM
Real won't have much trouble beating Leganes at home, it's the Champions League where they might have trouble without Ronaldo.

I think the Champions League is a redundant competition. A show pony competition that's not worth much.
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Post by: gabrielconroy on September 01, 2018, 11:32:51 PM
I think the Champions League is a redundant competition. A show pony competition that's not worth much.

How would you make it better?
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 01, 2018, 11:36:33 PM
How would you make it better?

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SbQEz_U2y3U/VdJXLXsDerI/AAAAAAAABa4/dq7A3I7piRg/s1600/55864684864.jpg)
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Post by: Uncle TechTip on September 01, 2018, 11:39:12 PM
I was going to say, 32 teams in straight knockout, ties over two legs. But you've made the left field suggestion of bringing back the Cup Winners' Cup.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 01, 2018, 11:43:16 PM
I was going to say, 32 teams in straight knockout, ties over two legs. But you've made the left field suggestion of bringing back the Cup Winners' Cup.

I know that is now technically the Europa Cup/League, but I didn't want to post a Liverpool FC picture from the same era.
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Post by: Bronzy on September 02, 2018, 12:30:18 AM
Needless to say, Neymar had the last laugh

https://twitter.com/ESPNFC/status/1035936830640869378

Needles to say, Maradona took drugs.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 02, 2018, 01:08:02 AM
Quote
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtous made his Real debut but had a quiet night, only facing three shots on target including the penalty by Southampton loanee Carrillo.

BBC sport proofing/days haz gone.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 02, 2018, 01:56:10 AM
Twobit Cous-cous
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 02, 2018, 07:43:36 AM
How would you make it better?

Only league champions, no seeding, just knockout over two legs.

Underlying that, all squads to contain a minimum 7 players either from the country of origin or developed from their academies and actually applying financial fair play - particularly important in countries where the same team win every year.

So yeah, first round, potentially Juve vs Man City for example. Bye bye, one of you, good luck next year.

Of course TV rights/corrupt governing body/greedy pigopolist elite so never going to happen. Which is why we need a new football association and do this from scratch.
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Post by: finnquark on September 02, 2018, 11:22:48 AM
Underlying that, all squads to contain a minimum 7 players either from the country of origin or developed from their academies and actually applying financial fair play - particularly important in countries where the same team win every year.

They already require 8, unless you mean matchday squads where I think they don't have the cap.
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Post by: garnish on September 02, 2018, 01:04:35 PM
Only league champions, no seeding, just knockout over two legs.

Underlying that, all squads to contain a minimum 7 players either from the country of origin or developed from their academies and actually applying financial fair play - particularly important in countries where the same team win every year.

So yeah, first round, potentially Juve vs Man City for example. Bye bye, one of you, good luck next year.

Of course TV rights/corrupt governing body/greedy pigopolist elite so never going to happen. Which is why we need a new football association and do this from scratch.

Financial fair play means the clubs can't spend beyond their means, so the biggest clubs with big commercial operations and international sponsorship agreements will continue to be able to spend considerably more than the small clubs.  Sugar daddy spending is the only way for the small clubs to keep up with the big ones, unless you try to implement a European-wide salary and transfer spending cap (which might be illegal? Not sure).
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 02, 2018, 01:57:14 PM
Financial fair play means the clubs can't spend beyond their means

Which is great in theory, but there are too many ways that clubs can get around it.
Oh, look. Someone* wants to sponsor our club coat rack for £300 million...

*who just happens to be affiliated with the owners
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 02, 2018, 04:11:02 PM
Financial fair play means the clubs can't spend beyond their means, so the biggest clubs with big commercial operations and international sponsorship agreements will continue to be able to spend considerably more than the small clubs.  Sugar daddy spending is the only way for the small clubs to keep up with the big ones, unless you try to implement a European-wide salary and transfer spending cap (which might be illegal? Not sure).

Yep, it's depressing and I'm aware. I mean nothing remotely progressive is going to happen anyway so all this is just hypothetical.
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Post by: garnish on September 02, 2018, 05:17:14 PM
I think a better approach might be to rectify some of the early to mid-90s changes on the commercial side - I think away teams used to get a bigger share of the ticket revenues? Which obviously means they reap the financial benefits of playing at Old Trafford or the Etihad or wherever. 

Redistributing the TV money so a greater share goes to the lower leagues would even up the gap between Championship and Premiership, which might make the newly promoted teams more competitive and reduce the number of teams outside the top 6 playing safety first football.

Maybe reducing the number of professional players (let's say over the age of 17) would stop Chelsea stockpiling the best youth players.  I'm sure in the 90s there was a larger distribution of good players across the league.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 02, 2018, 05:34:59 PM
All good but there's no chance any changes which negatively effect the elite will ever happen. The only way clubs will compete is by finding rich owners.
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 02, 2018, 05:38:32 PM
Barca behind at home to Huesca*!
Only 88 minutes to hang on...

*no, me neither
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 02, 2018, 06:37:43 PM
Spurs done a Spurz
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 02, 2018, 06:42:30 PM
Barca behind at home to Huesca*!
Only 88 minutes to hang on...

*no, me neither

52 minutes: Barca 5-2 up
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Post by: imitationleather on September 02, 2018, 06:42:56 PM
Spurs done a Spurz

To be fair, Watford actually are genuinely decent.

Looking at the result and the time of the goals and it does look like a classic Spurs fuck-up, though.

Most annoyed that Arsenal got to luck their way to a win against the worst team in the league on the same day.
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 02, 2018, 06:56:55 PM
Watford actually are genuinely decent.

They really are.
Only an idiot would have predicted they'd be relegated...
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Post by: monkfromhavana on September 03, 2018, 09:35:46 AM
I think a better approach might be to rectify some of the early to mid-90s changes on the commercial side - I think away teams used to get a bigger share of the ticket revenues? Which obviously means they reap the financial benefits of playing at Old Trafford or the Etihad or wherever. 

Redistributing the TV money so a greater share goes to the lower leagues would even up the gap between Championship and Premiership, which might make the newly promoted teams more competitive and reduce the number of teams outside the top 6 playing safety first football.

Maybe reducing the number of professional players (let's say over the age of 17) would stop Chelsea stockpiling the best youth players.  I'm sure in the 90s there was a larger distribution of good players across the league.

There should be a limit on the amount of players that you're allowed to loan out. Stockpile all you want, but you're not going to be able to use them.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 03, 2018, 11:59:51 AM
52 minutes: Barca 5-2 up

I liked how the twat doing text commentary on the beeb squeeed “last time they played, Barca won 8-1” after Huesca took the lead. I thought, itll be 8-1 again you twat - Barca like giving minnows a head start as they are bored of football these days. 8-2 this time. Mixing it up for the fans
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 03, 2018, 01:53:08 PM
I quite liked Huesca's 'FUCK IT!" approach.
They'll be good fun this season. And relegated.
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Post by: The Lurker on September 03, 2018, 02:16:45 PM
No, no, no stop the football, this is amazing shithousery: https://twitter.com/ElliotHackney/status/1036211076663259137
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 03, 2018, 02:20:09 PM
No, no, no stop the football, this is amazing shithousery: https://twitter.com/ElliotHackney/status/1036211076663259137

What a dickhead move. Yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 03, 2018, 02:55:31 PM
No, no, no stop the football, this is amazing shithousery: https://twitter.com/ElliotHackney/status/1036211076663259137

Brilliant
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Post by: imitationleather on September 05, 2018, 08:16:56 AM
*Checks and re-checks family tree for any kind of Danish ancestry* God damn it, the one-time an international team needs to recruit an entire new squad of 23 players (for union reasons, we'll ignore the times a tragedy has occurred to lead to this situation) and I'm cut out. My dream of being capped could have finally been realised! I bet bloody Brexit has something to do with this. Instead, for their VERY IMPORTANT opening UEFA Nation Leagues tie against Slovakia tonight they will be fielding their futsal team. Things were looking so grim that the Danish FA were actually considering recruiting YouTube vloggers of Danish descent who do videos of them competently performing keepy-uppies for long enough for the videos to become monetised. But they've plumped for the futsal squad instead. For those not in the know, futsal is an indoor-game, played on a hard pitch much like a basketball-course, and is a variant of five-a-side football. What could go wrong? That's right, nothing! The national pride and the pomp and ceremony of the inaugural UEFA Nations League shall see them through.

Apparently this arrangement, unless they smash the unions in time (which doesn't seem very compatible with the "Ooh in Denmark we are so cosy, please buy our Carlsberg and books related to this"-lines we were being fed to us in adverts a mere two Christmases ago), will extend to their VERY IMPORTANT UEFA Nation Leagues tie against Wales too. Potentially a turn-up for the books for the Welsh. Although, lest we forget, this is the national team that lost to Leyton Orient in a friendly in 1996. Anything could happen.

Aaahh... The UEFA Nations League. So pleased we get two weeks off from the relentless high-quality and organisation of top-tier european club football to bask in sport administration as it really should be done.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 05, 2018, 09:03:40 AM
I learnt I am part Swedish the other day so this is ESPECIALLY brutal for me. So close.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 05, 2018, 09:25:21 AM
Just realised tonight isn't even the Nations League. It's a friendly. Scheduling a friendly the day before the competition starts.

Throw me a fucking bone here, lads! This thing is already confusing enough!
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Post by: EOLAN on September 05, 2018, 05:37:20 PM
Just realised tonight isn't even the Nations League. It's a friendly. Scheduling a friendly the day before the competition starts.

Throw me a fucking bone here, lads! This thing is already confusing enough!

They are set as groups of three so one team will not be playing each effective match day (half-week). Wales and (Republic of) Ireland are opening up the group tomorrow that Denmark are in.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 05, 2018, 06:18:12 PM
I hope whoever devised the Nations League dies, sooner than would be expected of a person of their age and condition. Of a pen.
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Post by: sevendaughters on September 05, 2018, 09:29:00 PM
sadly Slovakia couldn't be arsed going full throttle against the Danish picket breakers
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 03:12:48 PM
THE NATIONS LEAGUE HAS BEGUN, LADS

Who do we prefer out of Kazakhstan and Georgia?

Kazakhstan = Borat

Georgia = The title of an OMD song, but I think the state voted for Trump by quite a margin

It's a real thinker.
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Post by: jobotic on September 06, 2018, 03:14:34 PM
Are England in this? If they are and they win it it's only the competition the World Cup wishes it could be.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 03:26:25 PM
Are England in this? If they are and they win it it's only the competition the World Cup wishes it could be.

Their group is Spain and Croatia. Pretty much England's only hope is that Spain and Croatia do not give two flying fucks about this competition and don't try. Which I can well see happening.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 06, 2018, 04:07:48 PM
If a team loses both games, say England lose to Croatia and Spain and finish bottom, are they out of the Euros?
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 04:09:48 PM
If a team loses both games, say England lose to Croatia and Spain and finish bottom, are they out of the Euros?

No. Because, for the one hundredth time, there is still the normal qualification system, which begins next year.

The Nations League only decides four places at Euro 2020.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 06, 2018, 04:14:46 PM
No. Because, for the one hundredth time, there is still the normal qualification system, which begins next year.

The Nations League only decides four places at Euro 2020.

But say each team win one game - will normal qualification be decided by a magic goat in Tajikistan?
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 04:51:35 PM
In the Nations League game no-one was watching, Kazakhstan's Euro 2020 dream took an abrupt shoeing as they succumbed at home to a 2:0 loss by fellow minnow Georgia. With Andorra and Latvia still to come in their group, they are, as my old Kazakh GCSE teacher used to say, "пиздец".

Next up (in six minutes!) we finally get the kind of glamour tie that this competition is all about... Armenia v Liechtenstein!
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 06, 2018, 05:44:20 PM
Sandro Wolfinger has cancelled out Aldi-Pizzaro Marcos Pineiro Pizzelli's opener for Armenia.

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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 06, 2018, 07:02:33 PM
Armenia nick it 2-1.

Elsewhere TSG Roth succumbed 17-1 to Nuermberg (Knoell and Engelhardt with 5 apiece, surely Mourinho will come a knocking).
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Post by: Uncle TechTip on September 06, 2018, 07:12:08 PM
You'd think people would be pleased that all these cartoon countries are tucked away in their own league. Why the fuck would I want to watch England v Albania every month for the rest of the season. Just think of it as a fun little aside this year, then next year a more fast paced qualifying round compressed into one season.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 07:28:28 PM
You'd think people would be pleased that all these cartoon countries are tucked away in their own league. Why the fuck would I want to watch England v Albania every month for the rest of the season. Just think of it as a fun little aside this year, then next year a more fast paced qualifying round compressed into one season.

All of these minnows are still going to be in the same groups as everyone else for the main qualification system next year.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 07:42:20 PM
I have Germany v France on. It's just the obvious choice.
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Post by: chveik on September 06, 2018, 07:50:08 PM
I have Germany v France on. It's just the obvious choice.

It's all about Gilbratar v Macedonia for me
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Post by: bgmnts on September 06, 2018, 07:54:22 PM
Fuck me I totally forgot Ryan 'team talk' Giggs was in charge of my beautiful national team.

Really torn, now.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 06, 2018, 07:55:01 PM
Fuck me I totally forgot Ryan 'team talk' Giggs was in charge of my beautiful national team.

Really torn, now.

1-0 up. Euros final guaranteed
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Post by: bgmnts on September 06, 2018, 08:05:19 PM
1-0 up. Euros final guaranteed

I have a fiver on Wales to win so lets not be hasty.

Also, where is Chris Gunter? Not seeing Gunter as Wales' right back is incredibly jarring.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 08:14:39 PM
The Irish forum I was lurking on were not lying. Total dogshite.

2:0 to Wales.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 08:23:42 PM
Netherlands losing to Peru. WTF lads?
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 08:25:13 PM
Ireland now 3:0 down. :/
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Post by: bgmnts on September 06, 2018, 08:25:44 PM
That fucking little cunt bubble Ramsey had to score didn't he.

Cunt.

Although seriously what the fuck is up with this Ireland team. I know Roy Keane has duffed up all their best players and they don't want to play or something but this is dog dirt, as Peter Beardsley would say.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 06, 2018, 08:44:36 PM
Ireland following Denmark's lead and fielding a side of amateurs and futsal players, too.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 06, 2018, 08:53:38 PM
Giggs to be knighted for this performance.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 06, 2018, 09:01:20 PM
Good goal.

This is embarrassing.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 06, 2018, 09:01:46 PM
Tjay De Barr booked for Gibraltar. Already 2-0 down to the mighty Macaquedonia. To be honest, Clive, it's not been the most captivating performance for the young lad.
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Post by: Captain Z on September 06, 2018, 09:02:14 PM
This is a great game, right down to Welsh supporters band's choice of songs.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 06, 2018, 09:12:04 PM
Cuntiau Ramsey.
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Post by: Z on September 06, 2018, 09:44:15 PM
Although seriously what the fuck is up with this Ireland team. I know Roy Keane has duffed up all their best players and they don't want to play or something but this is dog dirt, as Peter Beardsley would say.
The FAI totally shat the bed for the last 20 or so years. Hell of a lot of kids either swapped to playing rugby or went back gaelic football, 6(?) years of Trappatoni football after a half decade of seemingly trying to kill the national league* was an utterly toxic combo for attracting young talent.
The team's average age has been like 30+ for years now.

* iirc it cost more to register for the league than any team other than the champions could make from participating so there were loads of points deductions and bullshit
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Post by: finnquark on September 06, 2018, 10:24:14 PM
Andorra have gone 400 mins without conceding a goal.
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Post by: Captain Z on September 06, 2018, 10:52:54 PM
Andorra have gone 400 mins without conceding a goal.

Yes, their last game finished 6 hours 40 mins ago.
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 06, 2018, 10:53:42 PM
Andorra have gone 400 mins without conceding a goal.

Did their last game finish at about 3:30pm?

EDIT: ah bollocks
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Post by: hummingofevil on September 06, 2018, 11:01:51 PM
Cuntiau Ramsey.

What you problem with dear old Rambo?
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Post by: hummingofevil on September 06, 2018, 11:05:34 PM
That Wales performance was seriously impressive albeit against crap Irish side. The three duals who are now propa Welsh (La!) have huge potential but Ampadu is the realist of deals. 17 is no age to judge a footballer and could all fade  but he’s got everything. A Barca player if I’ve ever seen one.
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Post by: thecuriousorange on September 06, 2018, 11:22:22 PM
I'm Irish and don't care about football. I had a free ticket to that game in Cardiff (work thing) and left when it was 4-0.
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Post by: PowerButchi on September 07, 2018, 02:20:04 AM
Just got back from Cardiff, and I'm absolutely buzzing. Ampadu is the real deal.
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Post by: Bronzy on September 07, 2018, 03:52:08 AM
I'm surprised Ampadu never picked England, wasn't he born and raised in Exeter? It's not as if England have a huge amount of great CBs/CDMs, a decent 6 months/year at club level and he'd be in the squad, I reckon.

I mean, it's not as if he's got a particularly close connection to Wales, he can play for them through his mum's side but his dad played for the ROI, so if he did think he wouldn't have much chance of getting in the England squad why did he choose Wales instead of Ireland or Ghana?
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Post by: monkfromhavana on September 07, 2018, 07:56:20 AM
I'm surprised Ampadu never picked England, wasn't he born and raised in Exeter? It's not as if England have a huge amount of great CBs/CDMs, a decent 6 months/year at club level and he'd be in the squad, I reckon.

I mean, it's not as if he's got a particularly close connection to Wales, he can play for them through his mum's side but his dad played for the ROI, so if he did think he wouldn't have much chance of getting in the England squad why did he choose Wales instead of Ireland or Ghana?

His dad, Kwame (ex-Arsenal, Exeter City etc), played under-21 for Ireland too, so I'm guessing he could also have chosen them.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 07, 2018, 08:29:03 AM
What you problem with dear old Rambo?

Lazg lazy cunt, nowhere near good enough to be that entitled and twatty.
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Post by: buttgammon on September 07, 2018, 09:04:06 AM
It feels like a bit of a coup that Ampadu chose us over the (three) other countries he could've played for. I can't help but think a player of his age and talent wouldn't have done that ten or twenty years ago. Looking at the hassle Ireland are having with Declan Rice at the moment, it was clearly very smart to have got him tied to us so early in his career.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 07, 2018, 09:31:24 AM
Just got back from Cardiff, and I'm absolutely buzzing. Ampadu is the real deal.

So were Giggs and Rush.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 07, 2018, 09:33:47 AM
It feels like a bit of a coup that Ampadu chose us over the (three) other countries he could've played for. I can't help but think a player of his age and talent wouldn't have done that ten or twenty years ago. Looking at the hassle Ireland are having with Declan Rice at the moment, it was clearly very smart to have got him tied to us so early in his career.

He's played less first team football than international games. 9 games ffs. The real deal indeed. Oh, he's at Chelsea. That will end well.
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Post by: buttgammon on September 07, 2018, 10:26:31 AM
If he turns out to be one of those teenage talents that goes to shit then we can just stop giving him caps. I'd rather the risk of him turning out to be shit than the risk of him playing for England/Ireland/Ghana.
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Post by: Glyn on September 07, 2018, 10:31:20 AM
so if he did think he wouldn't have much chance of getting in the England squad why did he choose Wales instead of Ireland or Ghana?
I'd say the Ireland question answered itself last night but I imagine his reasons are the same as why Brooks committed to Wales last night despite being player of the tournament for England in the under 20s Toulon. It's a historical novelty but everything seems to be going right with the Wales youth setup for quite some time now and all the players speak of the community and fun they get out of it. Woodbury, Brooks and Amapdu are real coups (Matt Smith's cameo last night excited a few people in the know too) for that setup and I imagine a lot of work has gone into that.
You also can't underestimate the Bale effect. On the pitch you can see him giving encouragement and advice to the whole team and the stories are that he is the same in training with the whole squad and keeps an eye on the youth team too (easy now). Playing with him is a big draw and I'm glad Wales are exploiting it.

 
Lazg lazy cunt, nowhere near good enough to be that entitled and twatty.
Hi Piers!
The one clear flaw Ramsey has always had is overcomplicating things , it showed last night that he still has that in him and probably isn't going to change now. He definitely lost some pace after his injury but would never say he looks particularly lazy for Wales. Having licence to play with flair and having Joe Allen to do your dirty work might be the reason why perhaps?
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Post by: hummingofevil on September 07, 2018, 10:58:41 AM
A lot of credit has to go to Robert Page regarding these young players choosing Wales. All the dual nationals are told that if England (or whoever) call them up they are free to go and experience other set ups and that door will always be open for returns other âge levels. It’s playing system of eligibility. Brooks is eligible to play for England and Wales at Under-21, England only at U20 and Wales only now at full international.

Ampadu has always said he’s picking Wales only from very young age. I suppose it’s home family. If I have kids they will be dual qualified (I technically am not but was always shit at football) but whilst they can be Geordies they’d be Welsh too.

Also worth noting that living back in Wrexham for a bit and doing lots of daytrips out. To get anywhere it’s so much easier to drive or get train into England and back into Wales. Most of Deeside will be born in Chester (instantly qualifying them as English) so this argument by dicks (not in here) that ”half the team is English” is a bit unfair.

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Post by: Bronzy on September 07, 2018, 01:55:26 PM
I can understand why English-born players choose Wales/Ireland/Scotland these days, I'm just surprised when extremely talented players do it. The Declan Rice situation sums up what international recognition has become nowadays for me (in the UK at least), it's almost become a business/tactical decision (England caps add more value to a player than ROI caps) rather than being based on any kind of patriotism. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just something I've noticed happen more often recently.

I suppose for some it's the opportunity to be a big fish in a small pond, though I suppose with Wales that would be extremely difficult considering you've got a massive fucking whale in the pond called Gareth Bale (alongside a slightly smaller whale called Aaron Ramsey). Andy Robertson is probably our equivalent, I almost feel sorry for him as he's probably world-class but the rest of the team is pretty bang average.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 07, 2018, 01:56:17 PM
Seriously cannot be arsed watching any football until November time. If I do it'll be out of sheer boredom.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 04:07:40 PM
England v Spain is on Sky? What is this shit? When was the last time a competitive England game wasn't on free-to-air telly?

Probably 2016 or something, but it doesn't feel like it's ever happened before.
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 08, 2018, 05:38:35 PM
England v Spain is on Sky? What is this shit?

It's called the UEFA Nations League.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 05:39:28 PM
Spunked 50 quid already on this shit tournament/league/travesty.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 08, 2018, 06:24:09 PM
It's called the UEFA Nations League.

for the 100th Time (c) ImitationLeather
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Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 07:04:15 PM
for the 100th Time (c) ImitationLeather

Hoisted by own petard!

I mean, it's not a problem. I'll just stream it like I do with the actual football. Just weird that England aren't on ITV. Where's the strains of The Verve and the titles sequence that hasn't changed for about fifteen years?

England's big hope this evening is that Spain really do not give a shit about this competition. I reckon it's gonna be 0:0, lads.

EDIT: Switzerland 6:0 Iceland. Oof. The Icelandic Golden Era is well and truly over.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 08, 2018, 07:06:52 PM
First time watching my "beloved" Frickley today on BBC Fa Cup Stream. They won 2-1 against their lower division neighbours Maltby Main, but looked pretty crap. I suspect the guy who runs the Twitter feed pretty much hides this fact week in week out (they were winning by 6 or 7 goals regularly last season but this season have been 1 goal wins and a defeat in the league).
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Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 07:38:23 PM
Absolutely need over 3.5 goals tonight.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 07:39:32 PM
Absolutely need over 3.5 goals tonight.

I don't think Spain have four goals in them.

An England game against superior opposition with that many goals. Are you mad?
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Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 07:43:26 PM
I don't think Spain have four goals in them.

An England game against superior opposition with that many goals. Are you mad?

Scotland 2
England 2

It's happened.
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Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 07:44:43 PM
Nice to see Are Brave Boys being put to good use at last, holding the big lion flags.

Hey, we've got the same national anthem that Northern Ireland had this afternoon!
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Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 07:46:03 PM
Poor Morata.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 07:47:35 PM
England with 100% possession. It is on.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 07:49:52 PM
Why have Sky given Spain the Greenland flag on their on-screen graphics?

(http://www.usflags.com/images/thumbs/0002299.jpeg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 07:52:26 PM
I really want to see what goes on at a football academy in Spain. Is it just pure passing drills all day for 7 hours or something? The way they pass the ball around and retain possession is light years ahead of England.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on September 08, 2018, 07:53:55 PM
I really want to see what goes on at a football academy in Spain. Is it just pure passing drills all day for 7 hours or something? The way they pass the ball around and retain possession is light years ahead of England.

That didn't really help them in the World Cup.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 07:57:38 PM
Fucking LOL.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 07:58:26 PM
That didn't really help them in the World Cup.

No but it's still incredible though.

Hasn't helped them here either. Not deserved but good for my finances. 1-0 brave lions.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 07:58:59 PM
LOL 2 more and i'm sweet as fuck. Better Call Saul!
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Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 07:59:35 PM
LOL 2 more and i'm sweet as fuck.

My stream is behind yours.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 08:01:21 PM
My stream is behind yours.

Nah I had an alert on my phone, my stream is a good minute behind.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 08:02:36 PM
I think Spain will win this 3:1. Your luck may well be in.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 08:09:50 PM
Need another goal in the next 15 mins really.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 08:10:12 PM
England with nine brave lions firmly stationed in their own penalty area in the hope of making it through the next seventy minutes with the valuable point intact.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 08:12:29 PM
As any Spurs fan knows, Kane is completely out of form at the moment and he will only be doing something of note if England get a penalty or if the ball bounces off him when he's within six feet of the goal. He shouldn't really be playing.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Mr Eggs on September 08, 2018, 08:13:06 PM
Ask Gary Neville more questions about managing in Spain, Sky coms man. I like that shit.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 08:19:02 PM
Good, good.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 08:19:05 PM
Wow. That was so shit I didn't even think it had gone in.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 08:21:58 PM
de Gea you cunt.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 08, 2018, 08:26:42 PM
The Seychelles goalie is a bit of a unit:
(https://1tvs492zptzq380hni2k8x8p-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/S1KNddWOX_660x0__1.jpg)
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 08, 2018, 08:27:11 PM
Great stuff, hope those watching realise we weren't that good, we just tried hard in a rigid system which had no plan B against some very ordinary teams - until Croatia.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 08:33:48 PM
The Seychelles goalie is a bit of a unit:
(https://1tvs492zptzq380hni2k8x8p-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/S1KNddWOX_660x0__1.jpg)

Ha!

Would have liked another goal before half time but not too bad.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 08:51:09 PM
This second half could be twenty segments long and I think England would struggle to get another goal.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 08:52:20 PM
Luke Shaw's career finished before it got started at Man Utd.

Again.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 08:54:29 PM
God this is like when Ayrton Senna died.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: kalowski on September 08, 2018, 08:56:27 PM
I was getting a beer and they've not shown a replay. What happened to Shaw?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 09:06:44 PM
Looking at a video of the Shaw incident on yer Twitters, it looks like a potentially very nasty neck injury. His head rebounds off the ground as he falls. Urgh.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 08, 2018, 09:07:27 PM
Quote
Chris Allen: Constant exposure to quality opposition can only be a good thing for young England side. Lose and learn, not win meaninglessly?

Yeah rather this than that fucking World Cup pish we just had
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Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 09:09:38 PM
Not a foul at all but how is that not a red card...? Weird.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Mr Eggs on September 08, 2018, 09:11:40 PM
Dele Alli's pointing game has gone to shit. Never a good sign.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 09:12:22 PM
The commentators have stopped the "It's great to have England in a competitive game" talk since they've completely downed tools and settled for the loss.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 09:25:21 PM
Why I do declare! Utter cack from Rashford.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 08, 2018, 09:31:13 PM
Quote
Michael Thomas: Should have picked Troy Deeney for the bench. Can make things happen and drag a team back into a match.

"Can drag a bench on the pitch"
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 09:33:23 PM
Mark Noble should always have a place on the bench for when we need a bit of knees up cockney passion that loves its mum.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 08, 2018, 09:34:42 PM
Cor. Nine added minutes in a non-VAR game.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 08, 2018, 09:40:49 PM
Hahaha that would have been ace.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 08, 2018, 09:48:27 PM
Bloody Johnny Foreigner - always surrounding the ref!

Only caught the last few minutes.
How did Jomez do?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 08, 2018, 10:02:59 PM
Imi, is that England out of the Euros?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Satchmo Distel on September 09, 2018, 12:09:42 PM
No, but could damage future seedings
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 09, 2018, 02:08:30 PM
Ukraine and Slovakia playing in an empty stadium.

I am genuinely fucking loving this new competition.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 09, 2018, 03:15:11 PM
This has been an absolute wank game of football.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 09, 2018, 04:36:35 PM
To be honest, this has killed the momentum I built up for my fantasy football squad so I’m fuming about this stupid tinpot competition.
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Post by: ziggy starbucks on September 09, 2018, 04:39:17 PM
its the sherpa van international trophy
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 09, 2018, 04:56:59 PM
Ryan Giggs pretending to know the Welsh national anthem ha.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 09, 2018, 05:08:17 PM
Welsh fans chanting greedy bastards I think.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 09, 2018, 05:33:25 PM
1-0 Denmark.

Richly undeserved as Denmark have been shite but that's what having a player like Eriksen can do for you.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 09, 2018, 06:19:51 PM
2-0 Denmark.

Bale lazily gives the ball away in the middle of the park again, possibly harsh handball penalty but Eriksen tucks it away.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 09, 2018, 06:33:54 PM
Aw, saw the Wales score and was disappointed to see that the Danes had their proper team back.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on September 11, 2018, 01:27:57 AM
Bolton placed in administration.

Jay-Jay Okocha will be rolling in his grave.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 11, 2018, 09:07:27 AM
Bolton placed in administration.

Jay-Jay Okocha will be rolling in his grave.

Get in!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on September 11, 2018, 09:17:52 AM
Can't wait to hear yesitsme's sweary take on this. And also on why the fan forum isn't called Bolton Ponderers.

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Post by: Bogbrainedmurphy on September 11, 2018, 09:21:33 AM
Get in!

Cunt.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 11, 2018, 03:25:39 PM
Cunt.

Allardyce to the rescue. We’ll wave as you pass us down the leagues
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 11, 2018, 09:08:52 PM
Spain appear to have rediscovered their Mojo.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 11, 2018, 09:16:09 PM
Luxembourg are world beaters now
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: rue the polywhirl on September 11, 2018, 09:24:53 PM
Are the Northern Ireland team all Labour Party members? I’m very disturbed by the thrashing that they handing down to Israel and as a pretend Jew I don’t feel safe reading the football scores anymore.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 11, 2018, 10:05:28 PM
England v Switzerland served to fully remind me why I never bother my bollocks to watch England friendlies. The dullest football in the world. Roll on the next UEFA Nations League game! It's been a total success! Hurrah!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 11, 2018, 10:06:06 PM
Luxembourg are world beaters now

They've been my pick to qualify for Euro 2020 all along.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: boki on September 12, 2018, 10:29:43 AM
Quote from: BBC website
Has Rashford's end product put pressure on Sterling?

Ooooh, Matron!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: yesitsme on September 12, 2018, 01:22:31 PM
In case you've missed it that's Wanderers fucked.

On the same day their former Chairman (not blameless in this) chose to croak.

Circle of life innit?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on September 12, 2018, 02:40:33 PM
In case you've missed it that's Wanderers fucked.

On the same day their former Chairman (not blameless in this) chose to croak.

Circle of life innit?

Peter Kay to bail them out.

Telling you now, it's going to happen.

Unless he's dead/dying.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: boki on September 12, 2018, 02:42:33 PM
Bavari-JA! (https://www.footyheadlines.com/2018/09/tsv-1860-munchen-2018-oktoberfest-kit.html)

Those fuckin' shorts, man. Great stuff.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on September 12, 2018, 02:45:38 PM
Peter Kay to bail them out.

Telling you now, it's going to happen.

Unless he's dead/dying.

He does look like a stereotypical 1970s football chairman. (And not just because he's dead.) However, he's never expressed any interest in football whatsoever. I don't think this is a barrier to entry, though.

PETER 4 WANDERERS
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: yesitsme on September 12, 2018, 02:52:56 PM
According to Skysports/Twitter Bat Man's the name in the frame to bail them out.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bogbrainedmurphy on September 12, 2018, 03:07:33 PM
Back in your boxes.

They all laugh at us, they all mock at us...

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/16837497.escaped-wanderers-avoid-administration-and-points-penalties/
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 12, 2018, 03:12:29 PM
Back in your boxes.

They all laugh at us, they all mock at us...

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/16837497.escaped-wanderers-avoid-administration-and-points-penalties/

Stay of execution. Looking forward to a rebranded Bolton Mercenaries entering the 11th tier in a season or two.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on September 12, 2018, 03:39:40 PM
Back in your boxes.

They all laugh at us, they all mock at us...

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/16837497.escaped-wanderers-avoid-administration-and-points-penalties/

Our Peter is crying his eyes out right now.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on September 12, 2018, 03:42:03 PM
Stay of execution. Looking forward to a rebranded Bolton Mercenaries entering the 11th tier in a season or two.

Bolton Robots of Doom
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: yesitsme on September 12, 2018, 03:45:53 PM
Ken 'Snake in the Grass' Anderson comes up trumps!  Of course he had the money all along.  it was just resting in his account!

Everyone is happy.  Unless you're Heathcote's Pies of course.  Then you're fucking livid.

In the meantime I wouldn't eat anything from the UoBS kitchens (unless you like spunk of course) for the forseable future.

Come on You Whites!

What a fucking shambles.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: boki on September 12, 2018, 03:49:02 PM
If they end up creating a 'new' club, I hope they go the Pro Evo route and call it North West Black White.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 12, 2018, 04:32:12 PM
Happy for Bolton Wanderers.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 13, 2018, 09:52:53 AM
Summer mystery solved

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45499784 (https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45499784)

i.e., BBC are technology shitehawks.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 13, 2018, 01:22:01 PM
Summer mystery solved

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45499784 (https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45499784)

i.e., BBC are technology shitehawks.

Hopefully, the irony of fixing a delay 2 months after the tournament is not lost on them.
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Post by: Utter Shit on September 13, 2018, 01:30:46 PM
Bet they're just showing it on the telly slightly later, the sneaky bastards.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 15, 2018, 12:32:59 PM
Good start. Gotta keep that up.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 15, 2018, 12:52:16 PM
Spurs will win this. Liverpool wasting too many chances.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 15, 2018, 01:09:43 PM
Wijnauldum to score two at 66/1? Easiest money i'll ever make.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 15, 2018, 01:12:20 PM
I needed a 0-0 or a goal fest. Clean sheets are out, so bring on Goalapalooza 2018!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 15, 2018, 01:38:59 PM
Just popping in to wish everyone well x cheers guys
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 15, 2018, 02:13:17 PM
Just popping in to wish everyone well x cheers guys

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Tzy9Xmw6A0g/maxresdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Uncle TechTip on September 15, 2018, 03:21:42 PM
Spurs will win this. Liverpool wasting too many chances.

Ah, lovely stuff.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 15, 2018, 03:32:55 PM
The usual give the opposition a head start for Barca. 1-6 final score preddo
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 15, 2018, 03:47:10 PM
Ah, lovely stuff.

Yeah thankfully spurs were absolutely fucking shit.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 15, 2018, 04:43:00 PM
The usual give the opposition a head start for Barca. 1-6 final score preddo

1-2 now...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 15, 2018, 06:08:00 PM
Well, it seems "give them a goal head start and us 45 minutes to win it" is the new one. Soon it will be "2 goals and 20 minutes to play"
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: the hum on September 15, 2018, 06:13:29 PM
Hearts attempting to mount a Leicester-esque title challenge in the Scottish Premiership. Five wins on the bounce and five points clear. Celtic stuttered to a 0-0 against St Mirren last night.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 15, 2018, 06:17:11 PM
Rangers title wins: 54
Celtic title wins: 49

Years league has been around: 121.


Insane.


Go on Hearts!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 15, 2018, 07:35:48 PM
Hearts attempting to mount a Leicester-esque title challenge in the Scottish Premiership. Five wins on the bounce and five points clear. Celtic stuttered to a 0-0 against St Mirren last night.

‘Mon the Jambos!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on September 15, 2018, 07:36:36 PM
You're all going to look stupid when Livingston win the league this year.

It's coming home to Almondvale lads
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: the hum on September 15, 2018, 07:58:30 PM
Rangers title wins: 54
Celtic title wins: 49

Years league has been around: 121.


Insane.


Go on Hearts!

The Portugese top tier arguably trumps it in the insanity stakes - only ever won twice in 84 years by teams outside 'the big three'.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: the hum on September 15, 2018, 08:01:04 PM
You're all going to look stupid when Livingston win the league this year.

It's coming home to Almondvale lads

Playing akin to the old Wimbledon on one of the worst artificial pitches in existence.

They've been truly glorious so far.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 15, 2018, 08:33:37 PM
Villa look like expensively-assembled dog turds. Not sure what to do. Fire Bruce? Fire the board? Fire the squad out of a cannon? All ideas welcome.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on September 15, 2018, 08:47:31 PM
Playing akin to the old Wimbledon on one of the worst artificial pitches in existence.

They've been truly glorious so far.

I actually went to see Livingston play Motherwell at Almondvale in the Betfred Cup about a month ago.

Desolation
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 15, 2018, 09:05:40 PM
Villa look like expensively-assembled dog turds. Not sure what to do. Fire Bruce? Fire the board? Fire the squad out of a cannon? All ideas welcome.

John Terry in as manager.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gabrielconroy on September 16, 2018, 12:25:27 AM
I was at the Spurs game today. That was the worst I've seen us play for a long time - completely flat, slow and disjointed. Eriksen in particular was poor and made three major errors, one of which lead to the first goal.

The only players with a bit of spark were Moura, and Lamela and Son when they came on. Liverpool were pretty good but we didn't turn up more than they outplayed us.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 16, 2018, 12:50:12 AM
John Terry in as manager.

Blue sky thinking, so no wrong answers, so to speak. That said, go to the back of the class.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 16, 2018, 10:37:13 AM
PSG already 5 points clear

Bayern, Juve, Barca, city, pool all max points

Yawnsome.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 16, 2018, 11:02:38 AM
PSG already 5 points clear

Bayern, Juve, Barca, city, pool all max points

Yawnsome.

Wretched
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Norton Canes on September 16, 2018, 11:26:45 AM
Which 'city'?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on September 16, 2018, 12:00:08 PM
PSG already 5 points clear

Bayern, Juve, Barca, city, pool all max points

Yawnsome.

Why so relentlessly negative? Your beloved Frickley are in the thick of it - the top 11 sides separated by 2 points.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 16, 2018, 08:06:16 PM
Why so relentlessly negative? Your beloved Frickley are in the thick of it - the top 11 sides separated by 2 points.

Alty had a good win and suprised they’re still bottom half.

Harrogate in the conference doing well
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 18, 2018, 07:18:50 PM
Ah, early kick offs in the CL is it?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 18, 2018, 07:40:08 PM
Icardi's volley!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 18, 2018, 07:41:36 PM
And Messi is still Messi...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on September 18, 2018, 07:51:11 PM
Icardi's volley!

Robbie Savage "heard a lot about him but this is the first time I've seen in the flesh and I've got to be honest Icardi hasn't impressed me much"

Still Spurs being very Spursy, gone by Christmas or the new stadium opening... whichever is sooner

Ah, early kick offs in the CL is it?

Doubling up for the group games, reaching 3 games a day WC saturation point
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Post by: bgmnts on September 18, 2018, 09:44:00 PM
Bit of a bastard way to fuck up this game but should have been more clinical.
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Post by: chveik on September 18, 2018, 09:56:13 PM
Bordel de merde
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 18, 2018, 10:18:48 PM
Quote
What's happened to the King of Egypt? More Tooting Common than Tutenkhamun
Kevin, Fulham

Die
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Post by: Captain Z on September 18, 2018, 10:43:20 PM
Oh Spurs.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 19, 2018, 12:45:15 AM
Anyone see Zlat’s 500th? It’s worth looking up - you won’t see a more audacious goal this season.

Edit: here you go.

https://streamable.com/u5sl7
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 19, 2018, 07:09:51 AM
Anyone see Zlat’s 500th? It’s worth looking up - you won’t see a more audacious goal this season.

Edit: here you go.

https://streamable.com/u5sl7

Lovely stuff, but you just expect that sort of thing from Zlatan.
Wouldn't make his Top 20.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 19, 2018, 02:23:11 PM
Lovely stuff, but you just expect that sort of thing from Zlatan.
Wouldn't make his Top 20.

I didn’t hear anything about it online - I was only made aware because he scored against Toronto so IRL people told me about it.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 19, 2018, 06:09:34 PM
Stumbled upon this today randomly, it's fucking brilliant. Clough - the bastard - is a master.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTiIdbDBmZc


Can you even imagine something like this happening now?
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 19, 2018, 07:51:24 PM
Ah, early kick offs in the CL is it?

I now declare this a good thing.
Just watched the belting Shaktar v Hoffenheim match and there's no way I normally would have.
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 19, 2018, 08:33:10 PM
Ronald sent off!
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 19, 2018, 08:50:06 PM
Man City 2 down at home!
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Post by: chveik on September 19, 2018, 08:53:30 PM
Man City 2 down at home!

Wonderful game so far
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Post by: bgmnts on September 19, 2018, 09:11:24 PM
Stuck a quid on a City 4-2 win but never thought Lyon would nab two goals even against a Guardiola defence.
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 19, 2018, 09:18:31 PM
Nearly 3!
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Post by: finnquark on September 19, 2018, 09:41:28 PM
Must say, the Etihad is sounding particularly atmospheric tonight on the radio.
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 19, 2018, 09:52:50 PM
Lost 5 of their last 6 CL games now.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on September 19, 2018, 10:19:32 PM
Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, your slave labourers took one hell of a flogging.

And your football team  lost.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 20, 2018, 07:39:41 AM
And Lyon have been shite in the league as well.

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Post by: bgmnts on September 20, 2018, 07:53:41 AM
I've lost over 125 quid on thw football tbe past few days of European football.

My travel ambitions are not looking great now. Fuck football.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 20, 2018, 07:57:49 AM
I've lost over 125 quid on thw football tbe past few days of European football.

My travel ambitions are not looking great now. Fuck football.

You never learn. My bookies are taking bets on your bets now. Infamy
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 20, 2018, 08:03:08 AM
Ronald sent off!

Ronalado has red card? Is possible. Ronalado still best in world.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 20, 2018, 08:08:16 AM
You never learn. My bookies are taking bets on your bets now. Infamy

Profiting on my suffering? Breaking the bookmaker's code.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: boki on September 20, 2018, 12:07:32 PM
Ronalado has red card? Is possible. Ronalado still best in world.
Ronalado shower first.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Hanslow on September 20, 2018, 07:31:48 PM
Anyone willing to admit they like football in this part of the internet?

Every post I've read here seems awfully cynical and aloof.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 20, 2018, 07:35:09 PM
Anyone willing to admit they like football in this part of the internet?

Every post I've read here seems awfully cynical and aloof.

Yes, though it's not like there's anywhere on this forum that isn't cynical and aloof.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 20, 2018, 09:01:05 PM
Anyone willing to admit they like football in this part of the internet?

Every post I've read here seems awfully cynical and aloof.

There are positive posts on this very page.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on September 20, 2018, 09:09:59 PM
I think most people on here go to football don't they? Albeit very rarely for me but I put the hours in years back.

It is something that invites cynicism though, isn't it?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: drummersaredeaf on September 21, 2018, 12:08:38 AM
I have a season ticket at Stoke. I've hated football for about three years.
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Post by: The Boston Crab on September 21, 2018, 07:17:58 AM
Ronalado shower first.

Bravo, champ.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Rolf Lundgren on September 24, 2018, 10:53:57 PM
It's the event of the year - the FIFA Football Awards! Football's answer to An Audience With.... Already we've seen Noel Gallagher leaning shoulder to shoulder with Didier Drogba.

Idris Elba's hosting again and making the kind of jokes that even Eurovision script writers would shy away from.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Rolf Lundgren on September 24, 2018, 11:01:54 PM
Now Idris has mispronounced Ferenc Puskas' name, time to write to Points of View.

Noel Gallagher's digs about Liverpool going down as well as you would expect in a room of people who don't know what the fuck he's talking about.
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Post by: holyzombiejesus on September 25, 2018, 02:08:19 PM
I have a season ticket at Stoke. I've hated football for about three years.

Only 3 years? Most sensible people have hated watching Stoke for decades now.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on September 25, 2018, 06:22:31 PM
When are Everton going to kick into gear and wallop someone?

January, or when they buy a fast striker or play Richi up front.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 25, 2018, 10:57:11 PM
Haha bad men lose
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Post by: Chollis on September 26, 2018, 12:15:34 PM
That was funny.

Poggers and Mou being besties in Carrington today:

https://mobile.twitter.com/utdxtra/status/1044905480508919808
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Post by: bgmnts on September 26, 2018, 12:37:07 PM
Its funny watching United lose to a shit team but seeing Fat Frank do well is a bastard.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: drummersaredeaf on September 26, 2018, 03:21:59 PM
Only 3 years? Most sensible people have hated watching Stoke for decades now.

There was a vaguely masochistic appeal for a time. Going back 12-15 years there was fun to be had in rocking up hungover and having half a stand to pick a seat from, which I'm sad to say isn't really an option for your lot. Good work at the weekend though.

Being a comedy and Vale fan, you should be getting great joy from listening to Gary Rowntrees gruffly shout his way through a slow breakdown at 1730 every Saturday anyway. There's still time for him to come out with some top drawer I'm Brendan Rogers type material as the board don't seem in any rush to sack him. Maybe "There's no 'mate' in 'team'". Maybe phoning up to Praise and Grumble in defence of himself while doing a woman's voice. We're nowhere near promotion so we might as well ride it out for laughs.

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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 26, 2018, 04:28:45 PM
Haha bad men lose

Only just saw the score. Rubbish. Back in the good old days it would have been Giggs (pen) 90’ and then a 106’ winner (extended due to injury).

Days are gone.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 26, 2018, 08:29:42 PM
Fuck me this match is a shambles.
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Post by: bgmnts on September 26, 2018, 08:47:44 PM
Even as Liverpool fan I chuckled at that.
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Post by: Chollis on September 29, 2018, 02:02:57 PM
Hah unluckeeeeeee
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Post by: Maurice Yeatman on September 29, 2018, 02:03:27 PM
Mourinho gone. 😢
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Post by: jobotic on September 29, 2018, 02:13:47 PM
Shame it's the loathsome West Ham but even so ha ha ha
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on September 29, 2018, 06:18:48 PM
i'm sick of Hazard
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 29, 2018, 06:26:44 PM
Hazard will just do the same thing next season, start stropping for whatever reasons and down tools for Sarri.

That's why he won't ever be near the likes of your Ronaldos, Messis, Salahs, Agueros, de Bruyne etc etc.
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Post by: finnquark on September 29, 2018, 06:53:50 PM
Sam Matterface has no interest in football
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on September 29, 2018, 07:17:23 PM
Decent strike from Sturridge.
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Post by: DrGreggles on September 29, 2018, 07:24:21 PM
Decent strike from Sturridge.

Fannying about and playing one-twos on the edge of the box is all well and good, but sometimes you just need to unleash a thunderbastard.
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Post by: Chollis on September 29, 2018, 08:06:20 PM
The nonchalance of Daniel Sturridge

Lovely lovely lovely stuff
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Post by: DolphinFace on September 29, 2018, 08:20:21 PM
Yeh, nearly got emotional watching that. Love it when sturridge scores. Hell of a goal.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 29, 2018, 08:29:08 PM
Cost me Alonso’s clean sheet bonus on fantasy football. I’m fuming.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Squink on September 30, 2018, 12:56:52 AM
If Zidane turns down Man Utd then maybe there's a way back for Moysey in some kind of caretaker-until-the-end-of-the-season role? You know it makes sense. Either that or a classic Big Sam salvage job. Glory days.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 30, 2018, 01:38:15 AM
Looking forward to a last day of season Alex Ferguson return for the 3 pointer to guarantee Premiership status
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on September 30, 2018, 03:51:24 PM
Water-logged pitchMatch cannot be stopped:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey4RgSOT4Ls&feature=youtu.be&t=72
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Post by: bgmnts on September 30, 2018, 03:56:04 PM
Water-logged pitchMatch cannot be stopped:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey4RgSOT4Ls&feature=youtu.be&t=72

Weighed that through ball to perfection.
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Post by: The Boston Crab on September 30, 2018, 09:03:04 PM
Siggy gone full retard with the penno but two little pearlers made up for it. Great to see Bernard, first dwarf in EPL.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on September 30, 2018, 09:11:49 PM
I'll never forget one of my first potteries derbies which was played on a waterlogged bog at Vale Park. Stoke's Dave Regis rounded our keeper, and with no-one to beat cooly rolled the ball goalwards only to see it get stuck in a muddy puddle.

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Post by: the hum on September 30, 2018, 09:39:42 PM
You're all going to look stupid when Livingston win the league this year.

It's coming home to Almondvale lads

You jest? https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45616816 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45616816)
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on September 30, 2018, 09:58:47 PM
You jest? https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45616816 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45616816)

Hibs and Hearts both above ‘Gers and Celtic? Entering the end times!
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 30, 2018, 09:59:07 PM
Great to see Bernard, first dwarf in EPL.

So many tats for a retarded dwarf too - don't see that every day.
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Post by: Bronzy on September 30, 2018, 10:07:15 PM
You jest? https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45616816 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45616816)

100% serious mate

The title is coming to West Lothian lads
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 30, 2018, 10:12:23 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45246149

That vid at the bottom

Got to worry for the lad Mourinho there

Worrying for the lad I'll be honest there

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Post by: Captain Z on September 30, 2018, 10:20:41 PM
Eight titles though

Italy, Spain, England

Proper titles mate

Won 'em
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Post by: the hum on September 30, 2018, 10:22:17 PM
100% serious mate

The title is coming to West Lothian lads

Typical East Coast bias lolz.
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Post by: phes on September 30, 2018, 10:30:05 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45246149

That vid at the bottom

Got to worry for the lad Mourinho there

Worrying for the lad I'll be honest there

Do think he's actually been having some issues. He's come across as mentally unwell since he lobbed his losers medal into the crowd at the Community Shield.

He looks knackered
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 30, 2018, 10:53:59 PM
Thoughts and prayers
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Post by: BlodwynPig on September 30, 2018, 11:53:44 PM
Shitting all over Moyes’ legacy, Van Gaal’s empire
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Post by: Bronzy on October 01, 2018, 12:23:37 AM
Dundee United.

(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/800/cpsprodpb/7C13/production/_103636713_15486511.jpg)
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 01, 2018, 01:11:35 AM
A life less lived
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 01, 2018, 02:01:26 AM
Shitting all over Moyes’ legacy, Van Gaal’s empire

The glory of Giggs,
The grandeur of Van Gaal.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on October 01, 2018, 02:17:28 AM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45246149

That vid at the bottom

Got to worry for the lad Mourinho there

Worrying for the lad I'll be honest there

You can tell Keown knows Mourinho's a reader.

Do think he's actually been having some issues. He's come across as mentally unwell since he lobbed his losers medal into the crowd at the Community Shield.

He looks knackered

Living at The Lowry and reading so-called books will do that to a man.
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Post by: kalowski on October 01, 2018, 06:27:00 AM
Dundee United.

(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/800/cpsprodpb/7C13/production/_103636713_15486511.jpg)
You chip it up for me to nod in...
(http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/TPzSapuLoBel.jpg)
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Post by: kitsofan34 on October 01, 2018, 10:18:41 AM
http://www.spiegel.de/international/cristiano-ronaldo-kathryn-mayorga-the-woman-who-accuses-ronaldo-of-rape-a-1230634.html

Anyone know any genuine, decent, likeable footballers? Genuine request, please tell me about them.
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Post by: bgmnts on October 01, 2018, 10:28:15 AM
Lucas Leiva
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 01, 2018, 10:50:39 AM
Lucas Leiva

Yep, top man. Dirk Kuyt too.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Culture Bunker on October 01, 2018, 11:36:03 AM
Juan Mata.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Norton Canes on October 01, 2018, 11:45:27 AM
NEV
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Norton Canes on October 01, 2018, 11:48:01 AM
Steven (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/everton/12043942/Steven-Naismith-the-nicest-man-in-football.html) Naismith (https://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/22/football/football-naismith-everton-homeless/index.html)
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Post by: kitsofan34 on October 01, 2018, 12:09:48 PM
More, please, keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: the hum on October 01, 2018, 12:21:54 PM
Dundee United.

(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/800/cpsprodpb/7C13/production/_103636713_15486511.jpg)

Genuinely thought that was David Hopkin and wondered if he might be in line for the job.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on October 01, 2018, 12:51:33 PM
Genuinely thought that was David Hopkin and wondered if he might be in line for the job.

It's like a cross between David Hopkin and Neil Lennon.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on October 01, 2018, 12:53:53 PM
More, please, keep 'em coming!

Shiva N'Zigou
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: thraxx on October 01, 2018, 01:02:13 PM
Dundee United.

(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/800/cpsprodpb/7C13/production/_103636713_15486511.jpg)

Yip yip yip yip yip yip goal goal goal goal yip yip yip

(https://cdn.instructables.com/FIH/3WXQ/FHJMR3XW/FIH3WXQFHJMR3XW.LARGE.jpg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 01, 2018, 01:20:00 PM
More, please, keep 'em coming!

Cristiano Ronaldo:
http://www.espn.co.uk/football/club/real-madrid/86/blog/post/3317297/real-madrids-cristiano-ronaldo-has-long-list-of-charity-contributions
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on October 01, 2018, 01:34:21 PM
Geoff Horsfield works with homeless people, teaching them to do up houses which he then donates to charity, or something.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 01, 2018, 01:48:21 PM
Legend Gary Mabbutt
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 01, 2018, 02:04:40 PM
Rudy Gestede, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Nobby Solano.

Essentially, anyone who played for Villa at some point must be a fairly good egg.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on October 01, 2018, 03:04:04 PM
Ian Taylor!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on October 01, 2018, 09:38:50 PM
Marcel Desailly
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 01, 2018, 11:15:56 PM
Rudy Gestede, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Nobby Solano.

Essentially, anyone who played for Villa at some point must be a fairly good egg.

Didn't Solano have a sexual assault allegation?*

*Essentially, anyone who played for Newcastle at some point must have a sexual assault allegation.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monkfromhavana on October 02, 2018, 07:36:53 AM
Rudy Gestede, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Nobby Solano.

Essentially, anyone who played for Villa at some point must be a fairly good egg.

Nigel Spink is involved in people traficking though.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 02, 2018, 07:54:38 AM
Mark Draper sells refurbished human lungs to Chinese billionaires.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 02, 2018, 08:18:51 AM
Didn't Jack Grealish kill someone?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on October 02, 2018, 08:28:47 AM
Didn't Jack Grealish kill someone?

Beat a pensioner to death with a child's shinpad
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on October 02, 2018, 09:46:24 AM
Quote
Lucas Leiva
Dirk Kuyt too
Juan Mata
NEV
Steven Naismith
Shiva N'Zigou 
Geoff Horsfield
Legend Gary Mabbutt 
Rudy Gestede, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Nobby Solano 
Ian Taylor!
Marcel Desailly

Gil Scott Heron!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Norton Canes on October 02, 2018, 10:06:52 AM
Lucas Leiva
Dirk Kuyt too
Steven Naismith, we love you
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 02, 2018, 06:00:30 PM
Not sure anyone told Man City they were kicking off early...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on October 02, 2018, 08:04:15 PM
Not sure anyone told Real they were kicking off in Moscow...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Dionne Warlock on October 02, 2018, 08:52:30 PM
Is it bad that Villa winning is making me a bit glum?

Beating Preston proves absolutely nothing. We're not getting promoted with Bruce. He always does just enough to save his skin, but we've been otherwise awful this season. His decision-making with respect to our defence has been abysmal, and it's hard to say what his philosophy even is when it comes to playing style and tactics. We need shot of him.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Dionne Warlock on October 02, 2018, 08:57:08 PM
Ah, back to sleepwalking it is, then.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 02, 2018, 09:10:23 PM
Who would come to Villa to replace Bruce though? Moyes maybe? Is Karanka still free? I think we’ll be in the Champo for a long time, and spend a few years as a yo-yo club like west brom in the early 2000s.

There doesn’t seem to be any long term plan, really. For the quality they’ve bought (even if no one knows how they fit together), they should be getting results. That said, I can’t think of any players who were bought because they fit the style of football we want, rather than just being a big name (for example I notice Bolasie isn’t playing, so that’s 80k a week to warm the bench). I don’t even know what they style of football is, so it’d be impossible to recruit to match the style.

No plan, no forethought, just action at any cost and hang the expense. Except I don’t really see what the endgame is. It stinks of non-football people making decisions because they are showy and expensive.

I genuinely don’t remember the last time football bought me joy.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Dionne Warlock on October 02, 2018, 09:20:36 PM
You're right about not knowing who to replace him with. For all that I would like Bruce to leave, and I think he should, I'm not convinced a new manager is quite the panacea our fans think it is. I suspect our problems are more fundamental than that.

Preston equalised as I finished typing that last sentence.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on October 02, 2018, 09:28:08 PM
Is it bad that Villa winning is making me a bit glum?

Beating Preston proves absolutely nothing. We're not getting promoted with Bruce. He always does just enough to save his skin, but we've been otherwise awful this season. His decision-making with respect to our defence has been abysmal, and it's hard to say what his philosophy even is when it comes to playing style and tactics. We need shot of him.

Cheer up, you're losing!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on October 02, 2018, 09:33:03 PM
Brruceye!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Dionne Warlock on October 02, 2018, 09:41:34 PM
Cheer up, you're losing!

Didn't mean to suggest that the inverse would make me happier.

I'm in a glum-glum bind!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on October 02, 2018, 10:05:18 PM
I can't see any reason United would want to continue with Mourinho at this stage. The club is imploding under him and I can't imagine it's going to suddenly get better when he's slagging his players in public, without saying who exactly he is slagging.

Hope he stays, most enjoyable United team I've ever had the pleasure of watching.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 02, 2018, 10:08:59 PM
Football management equivalent of a man failing to attain an erection
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on October 02, 2018, 10:19:19 PM
Football management equivalent of a man failing to attain an erection
Whilst whipping out a penis pump and claiming to be the greatest Casanova of the 21st century.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on October 02, 2018, 10:19:47 PM
It's utterly joyous, I never want it to end.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Dionne Warlock on October 02, 2018, 11:54:38 PM
Who would come to Villa to replace Bruce though? Moyes maybe? Is Karanka still free? I think we’ll be in the Champo for a long time, and spend a few years as a yo-yo club like west brom in the early 2000s.

Well, whoever will replace him, I hope we don't get an old-school manager like Strachan, Moyes or Allardyce. Too stuck in their ways, too reluctant to challenge received wisdoms. This post on VillaTalk does pretty well at encapsulating my feelings about it.

Quote from: GREAT_BEARD_OF_ZEUS
If you can, try and watch tonights episode of The Debate on Sky Sports.

Bruce was one of the topics being covered by Liam Rosenior and Gordon Strachan.  The stark contrast between the two was unbelievable.  In one corner you had a bright young man who has made the effort to watch as much football as he can and formulate his own opinions and in the other you had a crusty old dinosaur, spouting lazy cliche after lazy cliche.

Rosenior was articulate and insightful - driving home the point about our lack of playing style, highlighting the fact that we've allowed Bruce to bring in quality players, the likes of which any other championship manager would kill to have.  He could have easily defended Bruce (being an ex player of his) but he stood up for what he believed.  Strachan on the other hand wasn't even listening to the points being made, and added very few relevant remarks of his own, more content to drop in anecdotes about his conversations with Steve in the summer which bore little value to the overall discussion.

It perfectly encapsulated the way in which modern day management is going.  With all his experience Strachan should have led that discussion and been the one to make the most insightful comments, but instead it was Rosenior who was the more clued in, the one who understood the real underlying problems.  We clearly have our own 'Strachan' managing our club.  A man who no longer feels the need to learn, but who thinks he knows it all and is as a result falling further and further out of touch with the game. Give me the equivalent of a Liam Rosenior any day of the week please - whether that's Terry, Henry or any number of young, hungry modern coaches from overseas!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Squink on October 03, 2018, 03:20:22 AM
John Terry at the helm as Villa sink like a soggy shit into League 1 would be a beautiful thing. Not for Villa fans, obvs, who would gain immense sympathy. But glorious for the rest of us.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Dionne Warlock on October 03, 2018, 03:58:11 AM
John Terry at the helm as Villa sink like a soggy shit into League 1 would be a beautiful thing. Not for Villa fans, obvs, who would gain immense sympathy. But glorious for the rest of us.

Not sure I'd want Terry in particular, but I agree with the general point they were making, as unspectacular as it was.

West Ham fan?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 03, 2018, 05:27:41 AM
Pellegrini in!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 03, 2018, 10:47:49 AM
- whether that's Terry, Henry or any number of young, hungry modern coaches from overseas!

It's spelled 'Thierry'.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 03, 2018, 01:04:50 PM
Quote
"Steve Bruce cabbage attack"

The person most likely to be involved in such an attack in the known universe.

Would anyone raise the cabbager thrower hot bovril and gravel?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 03, 2018, 01:14:37 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45730077

Lol +1
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 03, 2018, 06:21:04 PM
Cabbage for next Villa manager?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45382413


Best vegetable to throw at Mourinho?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 03, 2018, 08:01:41 PM
Quote
Best vegetable to throw at Mourinho?

Michael Schumacher
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 03, 2018, 09:29:00 PM
Sissoko on for Son ಠ_ಠ
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on October 04, 2018, 05:55:11 PM
State of that Quarabag stadium
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 06, 2018, 12:18:41 AM
Lots of murmurs about Mourinho getting the boot after the Newcastle match - regardless of the result.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on October 06, 2018, 01:27:33 AM
Lots of murmurs about Mourinho getting the boot after the Newcastle match - regardless of the result.

That's a shame.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 06, 2018, 02:57:57 AM
That's a shame.

Yeah there’s a long way to go before they hit rock bottom. Would have liked him to stay in longer.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on October 06, 2018, 03:00:26 AM
Mourinho to be sacked on the Saturday, Cabbage to be unveiled on the Sunday
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 06, 2018, 03:02:19 AM
Best thing about Steve “the Cabbage” Bruce was being described as ‘britain’s hardest dinner-lady’
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 06, 2018, 04:37:11 PM
Sigurdsson may well have just bettered Sturridge's goal from last weekend.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: thraxx on October 06, 2018, 05:01:43 PM
Sigurdsson may well have just bettered Sturridge's goal from last weekend.

insanely good piss taker of a goal
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 06, 2018, 05:40:24 PM
Best thing about Steve “the Cabbage” Bruce was being described as ‘britain’s hardest dinner-lady’

You lot were a Jiggs Dinner today against Millwall.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 06, 2018, 05:40:58 PM
This season of I'm Jose Mourinho is getting a little far-fetched.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 06, 2018, 05:43:05 PM
They've just given up. But fucking giving Newcastle a lifeline for the season is the real crime here.

it's Chelsea all over again.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on October 06, 2018, 05:53:14 PM
Second only today to the Banksy painting for throw your head back laughing
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on October 06, 2018, 05:56:53 PM
Come on now, the 3rd season syndrome is a myth, it's the players fault, Jose is doing the best he can, the board have to stick with him!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 06, 2018, 06:04:29 PM
You lot were a Jiggs Dinner today against Millwall.

Yup, absolutely rotten performance. I’d love to see the stats on games when Villa score early. I don’t remember a single game in the last decade where we managed to hang on for 3 points.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 06, 2018, 06:23:10 PM
Yup, absolutely rotten performance. I’d love to see the stats on games when Villa score early. I don’t remember a single game in the last decade where we managed to hang on for 3 points.

In a parallel universe, we were 3-1 up and then Morecambe got 2 goals to level - but miracles of miracles a 89th minute winner! Very rare.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: drummersaredeaf on October 06, 2018, 06:48:30 PM
Juggy done a bum José.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 06, 2018, 06:54:01 PM
Fucking hell just saw that 19th place toon are 2-0 up at Old Trafford, after 10 minutes.

That's fucking abysmal.

Mourinho probably just cant be arsed anymore.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 06, 2018, 06:58:54 PM
Fancy united to win this now.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 06, 2018, 07:04:58 PM
Yeah cant see past the cunts to win. Still pretty dire though.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on October 06, 2018, 07:07:43 PM
Ahh well this is shit now.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 06, 2018, 07:18:47 PM
A real shame, that.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on October 06, 2018, 07:20:14 PM
This is fine. If United had lost today then Mourinho would be gone. For some perspective, they've beaten Newcastle United at home, Newcastle who haven't won a Premier League match all season.

This just keeps the show going a little longer. I was worried it was over after the first half!

Great stuff.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 06, 2018, 07:21:15 PM
Fancy united to win this now.

Likewise. Got 5/1 at halftime.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 06, 2018, 07:24:47 PM
And Alaves have just beaten Real Madrid with a goal 20 seconds from time.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 06, 2018, 07:25:46 PM
GET IN

Alaves beat Real
Moenchengladbach hammer Munich away from home
and Man U beat The Toon

!!!!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 06, 2018, 07:25:59 PM
Fancy united to win this now.

What do I win lads
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 06, 2018, 07:28:48 PM
What do I win lads

Season ticket for Bruce's next club.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 06, 2018, 07:40:15 PM
Season ticket for Bruce's next club.

A fitting punishment
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on October 06, 2018, 07:41:19 PM
Gills win away at top of the table "Pompey" after being shit most of the season and Chatham Town deal Deal a 4-0 thrashing. It's all coming up Medway.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on October 07, 2018, 01:21:58 AM
Stop saying manhunt, José.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 07, 2018, 08:11:12 AM
Stop saying manhunt, José.

Great game, yet he has to always make it about him.
The bloke is a prick.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 07, 2018, 08:39:15 AM
Juggy done a bum José.

Nice.

Re: losing the game, I felt absolutely nothing, neutral, not even resignation. Total blank acceptance of the facts. What fun to be a fan.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Al Tha Funkee Homosapien on October 07, 2018, 11:46:00 AM

... I felt absolutely nothing, neutral, not even resignation. Total blank acceptance of the facts...

My life. (sad emoji)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: pcsjwgm on October 07, 2018, 01:29:10 PM
Arsenal's third goal against Fulham was pretty good.
https://streamja.com/njR4
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 07, 2018, 02:45:01 PM
Fucking cunt.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 07, 2018, 02:46:35 PM
Fucking cunt.

I know Shoulders is a Newcastle fan, but that is a bit harsh.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 07, 2018, 03:17:39 PM
The way this weekend is going somehow Man City and Liverpool will both get 3 points.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 07, 2018, 04:37:45 PM
Vintage Pep defence here.

Can't see us capitalising though.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DolphinFace on October 07, 2018, 06:11:54 PM
International break after this game. Is there a human being alive who enjoys the international break?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 07, 2018, 06:12:15 PM
Fuck me Fernandinho is a dirty cunt.

Been elbowing cunts all game, shouldnt be on the pitch and here we are, 1-0 down from a daft pen.

Cunts.


Edit - jumped the gun, pissed myself silly
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 07, 2018, 06:41:45 PM
Not many chances, but pretty intense stuff.
Probably fair to say that both teams have improved defensively since last season, but at what cost? AT WHAT COST!?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on October 07, 2018, 07:14:47 PM
Probably fair to say that both teams have improved defensively since last season, but at what cost? AT WHAT COST!?

(https://i.4pcdn.org/tv/1507860964081.png)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 07, 2018, 09:10:53 PM
For a split second I read the headline as 'John Terry dies'
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 07, 2018, 09:37:00 PM
No Real Madrid or Barcelona in the top 2 of La Liga.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 07, 2018, 10:00:57 PM
Barca second with a 1-1 draw at Valencia, but it seems their ships have sailed and I imagine Seville or Athletic may make up a power trio/quattro in future seasons.

PSG with 5 against second best Ligue 1 team (Lyon), Mbappe gets 4 in 13 minutes. PSG 32 goals from 9 games, Mbappe 8 from 5.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on October 07, 2018, 10:18:25 PM
PSG with 5 against second best Ligue 1 team (Lyon), Mbappe gets 4 in 13 minutes. PSG 32 goals from 9 games, Mbappe 8 from 5.

It was a great game, Neymar-Mbappé are impressive this year
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 07, 2018, 10:52:19 PM
Barca second with a 1-1 draw at Valencia

Bloody Sky Sports and their slow table updates...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Beagle 2 on October 07, 2018, 11:03:34 PM
Guys, I'm deadly serious. I've spoken to Tim.  (https://news.sky.com/story/dwight-yorke-applies-for-aston-villa-job-after-steve-bruce-sacking-11517972)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 07, 2018, 11:07:12 PM
Barca second with a 1-1 draw at Valencia, but it seems their ships have sailed and I imagine Seville or Athletic may make up a power trio/quattro in future seasons.

PSG with 5 against second best Ligue 1 team (Lyon), Mbappe gets 4 in 13 minutes. PSG 32 goals from 9 games, Mbappe 8 from 5.

It's olay because there can be an air disaster
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 07, 2018, 11:08:13 PM
Guys, I'm deadly serious. I've spoken to Tim.  (https://news.sky.com/story/dwight-yorke-applies-for-aston-villa-job-after-steve-bruce-sacking-11517972)

When will the pain end.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on October 08, 2018, 12:18:02 AM
When will the pain end.

Desolation.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 08, 2018, 12:38:50 AM
Desolation.

I follow the Leafs, the Blue Jays, and Aston Villa. Purest desolation.

Leafs just went down 0-1 as I type this, and the fucking Fratellis have started playing in celebration of the Blackhawks’ goal. Fuck everything.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 08, 2018, 10:17:25 AM
Why is it Leafs and not Leaves?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: SpiderChrist on October 08, 2018, 11:09:18 AM
Bit of credit due to Mark Hughes, I reckon. I thought it would take him a lot longer than it has to turn Southampton into Stoke City. Red and white stripes probably gave him a head start and a comforting sense of familiarity.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gilbertharding on October 08, 2018, 12:05:11 PM
Bit of credit due to Mark Hughes, I reckon. I thought it would take him a lot longer than it has to turn Southampton into Stoke City. Red and white stripes probably gave him a head start and a comforting sense of familiarity.

I've probably said it before, but they've finally solved the problem of 'selling all our best players (yes, usually to Liverpool) every season' by finally having a squad composed entirely of useless fucking cunts.

We'll be playing Portsmouth this time next year. FFS.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 08, 2018, 01:53:20 PM
Why is it Leafs and not Leaves?

They don't want to give their fans ideas.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on October 08, 2018, 02:04:40 PM
We'll be playing Portsmouth this time next year. FFS.

We beat them so you can. Maybe.

Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 08, 2018, 05:48:02 PM
Why is it Leafs and not Leaves?

From the WaPo:

Quote
History has it that Conn Smythe named the team after the Maple Leaf badge worn by soldiers in the Canadian Army during World War I. So, to follow Chambers's lesson that proper nouns take regular plurals, more than one Maple Leaf badge would be referred to as Maple Leafs.

Leafs won it 6-7 in overtime, in case you were following along at home.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 08, 2018, 05:49:37 PM
Bit of credit due to Mark Hughes, I reckon. I thought it would take him a lot longer than it has to turn Southampton into Stoke City. Red and white stripes probably gave him a head start and a comforting sense of familiarity.

Sunderland would have also provided a template to follow.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 08, 2018, 06:43:48 PM
From the WaPo:

Leafs won it 6-7 in overtime, in case you were following along at home.

One month away and when I get back no more Blue Jays games...dammit. When does the season start again?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: EOLAN on October 11, 2018, 12:41:42 AM
Dean Smith taking over the reins at Aston Villa unfortunately. Looks like a good appointment. Though John Terry will probably turn up for the photo shoot if he wins a manager of the month award.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 11, 2018, 02:13:45 AM
One month away and when I get back no more Blue Jays games...dammit. When does the season start again?

April. Keep your powder dry until then (or switch over to hockey...)

Dean Smith taking over the reins at Aston Villa unfortunately. Looks like a good appointment. Though John Terry will probably turn up for the photo shoot if he wins a manager of the month award.

Yeah I reckon this is a good appointment, though my understanding of his time at Brentford is that he built the squad. This Villa mob is assembled already, and he’s going to have to do what he can with it.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on October 11, 2018, 08:04:26 AM
OH CHRIST NOT THE INTERNATIONAL BREAK. SPURS HAD JUST TURNED A CORNER WITH THAT 1:0 THRASHING OF CARDIFF N'ALL.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on October 11, 2018, 11:43:30 AM
(https://image.ibb.co/hYH18p/1.jpg)

I hate Chelsea fans as much as the next man but gassing them seems harsh.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: EOLAN on October 11, 2018, 11:58:37 AM
April. Keep your powder dry until then (or switch over to hockey...)

Yeah I reckon this is a good appointment, though my understanding of his time at Brentford is that he built the squad. This Villa mob is assembled already, and he’s going to have to do what he can with it.

I believe it would have been more Brentford's statistical analytical moneyball style team that would have built the squad up at Brentford and try to find the best value in the market.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: SpiderChrist on October 11, 2018, 12:33:54 PM
We'll be playing losing to Portsmouth this time next year. FFS.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 11, 2018, 12:50:20 PM
I believe it would have been more Brentford's statistical analytical moneyball style team that would have built the squad up at Brentford and try to find the best value in the market.

I am a sabermetrics nerd, so I would be well up for this. Not the Villa way, alas.
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Post by: Gulftastic on October 12, 2018, 09:22:14 PM
(https://image.ibb.co/hYH18p/1.jpg)

I hate Chelsea fans as much as the next man but gassing them seems harsh.

Made me laugh a lot. When I perfect my time machine, you're getting some serious karma points.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 12, 2018, 09:24:54 PM
(https://image.ibb.co/hYH18p/1.jpg)

I hate Chelsea fans as much as the next man but gassing them seems harsh.

I don't think trips to Auschwitz will make these people any less the peer pressure immature mental midgets they are. Also there are lots of far right skinhead Polish football fans so having Auschwitz clearly hasn't affected them.
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Post by: bgmnts on October 12, 2018, 09:28:04 PM
I don't think trips to Auschwitz will make these people any less the peer pressure immature mental midgets they are. Also there are lots of far right skinhead Polish football fans so having Auschwitz clearly hasn't affected them.

Well no you send the Polish racist cunts to Dachau.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on October 13, 2018, 12:24:50 PM
Wasn't this "UEFA Nations League" thing supposed to make international breaks more exiting? It seems to have completely failed in that regard, although it's also that sky bought the rights so I forgot to watch it anyway.

And the game being on a Friday means it completely spaffs that Saturday morning football anticipation feeling.
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Post by: imitationleather on October 13, 2018, 01:52:40 PM
The last round of Nations League fixtures were actually quite a laugh, from what I remember. Last night was total, total AIDS though. When I threw in the towel there had only been two goals across the seven fixtures. At half-time they played a little video explaining how the format of the competition works, and it was clear that whoever made it didn't have the foggiest how the winner is actually decided and so just left that nugget of info out. When how a tournament works has to be constantly explained I think it's a clear indication that they need to go back to the drawing board and come up with something that actually makes sense.

Croatia v England was dire, and it didn't help that I was watching a stream that had Craig Bellamy (I think it was him, anyway) on co-comms, a man who makes Lawro sound like Brian Blessed in comparison.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 13, 2018, 03:25:32 PM
Usain Bolt has scored more league goals than Alexis Sanchez this season.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 13, 2018, 05:47:16 PM
Can he do it in February at Glanford Park during a drone strike?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 15, 2018, 06:56:23 AM
RIP Brackley

Serie A commentary legend and someone whose excitement was always genuine rather than manufactured.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 15, 2018, 07:47:04 AM
RIP Brackley

Serie A commentary legend and someone whose excitement was always genuine rather than manufactured.

Yes, you've just summed up exactly why he was so good.
Never took himself too seriously either.
Sky/BT certainly missed out by not having him as part of their team.

RIP Peter
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Post by: Bronzy on October 15, 2018, 08:54:21 AM
Quote
As well as a successful broadcasting career, Brackley had also carved a niche as a comedian and impressionist.

Have I accidentally stumbled into H.S. Art?
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Post by: Bronzy on October 15, 2018, 01:19:56 PM
Peter Brackley doing Porn:

https://youtu.be/qXOTfcdRFI8
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 15, 2018, 02:06:20 PM
Fucking BBC don't even have his death on their sport page. Disgusting.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gilbertharding on October 15, 2018, 02:17:32 PM
Fucking BBC don't even have his death on their sport page. Disgusting.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/45858837 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/45858837)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 15, 2018, 02:21:40 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/45858837 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/45858837)

was it on the front page? I did a search and it wasn't there. Of course, they saw my post and rectified it to make me look stupid.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Uncle TechTip on October 15, 2018, 02:34:16 PM
First news link if you Google just 'brackley' - BBC Sport.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on October 15, 2018, 05:58:21 PM
First Butch Wilkins and now Peeder, a bad year for Football Italia so far, and if these things come in threes then Paul Heaton must be shitting himself
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Glyn on October 15, 2018, 06:38:34 PM
I used to think that the luck of the Irish was just a cliché but first they get to play Denmark without Eriksen and now Wales are missing Bale, Ramsey and Ampudu tomorrow night. O'Neill and Keane must be laughing their heads off. Some Welsh youngsters are going to get a kicking.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 15, 2018, 06:55:43 PM
I used to think that the luck of the Irish was just a cliché

It's the UEFA Nations League, so more a case of the 'who gives a fuck?' of the Irish.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on October 15, 2018, 08:10:33 PM
Yeah, yeah, good goal and that.

But more importantly: According to the pitchside billboard in Spain Lidl do home deliveries?!? It truly is the promised land.
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Post by: bgmnts on October 15, 2018, 08:15:10 PM
Great ball from Kane there.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on October 15, 2018, 08:16:31 PM
I think I just heard bgmnts' coupon explode.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 15, 2018, 08:19:42 PM
I think I just heard bgmnts' coupon explode.

I signed up to that gsmbling stop thing  couldnt even gamble if I wanted to now.

Now I have to somehow enjoy watching these overpaid cunts act like cunts for 90 minutes for FUN.
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Post by: Captain Z on October 15, 2018, 08:23:04 PM
You can join in with our hilarious comments on here!

(https://media.giphy.com/media/tj2MwoqitZLtm/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 15, 2018, 08:24:21 PM
England fans will rightly be happy with this but fuck me Spain, one of the best passing teams in the world, gave the ball away three times there in their own third.

Abysmal.

Spain reserves beat us 4-1 without stepping into 2nd gear but their first team performs like this in a competitive game? Fucking hell.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 15, 2018, 08:24:36 PM
Time to vamos, Ramos
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Beagle 2 on October 15, 2018, 08:46:04 PM
Peter Drury with his usual trouser volcano when England scored their third. What did he say? "England have created a scoreline that is a rip in sense" or something? God's cock.


Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Jittlebags on October 15, 2018, 09:27:15 PM
R5L Jonny follows through. Fnarr.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 15, 2018, 10:17:56 PM
Smash and grab Clive, went right in their anus balls deep, got what we want then fucked off sharting a bit on the way home

</match report>
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 15, 2018, 10:31:37 PM
its coming home
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 16, 2018, 03:06:00 PM
Come on lads where's the buz
Big win against Spain
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 16, 2018, 03:15:33 PM
Come on lads where's the buz
Big win against Spain

its coming home
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 16, 2018, 03:16:39 PM
Coming into this game against Ireland after a bumming by Spain reserves.

Clash of the Shite-ans here! Excited.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 16, 2018, 08:57:39 PM


Thanks Blods that was good buz...

Where are you bastards though? Where are you?

We need a 12th man here
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 16, 2018, 09:02:55 PM
Faair play Welsh football is looking alright. Wilson and Woodburn being young Liverpool loanees (i think). Brooks looks a talent as well.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 16, 2018, 09:39:07 PM
Fuck me Ireland are so bad.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 16, 2018, 09:52:04 PM
Fun times - Gibraltar on 6 points. Luxembourg top of the group. Win and a draw for Faroes, couple of points for the BASTARDS Andorra.
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Post by: imitationleather on October 16, 2018, 10:39:01 PM
Gibraltar have had an extraordinary few days. Extraordinary, Clives.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 17, 2018, 12:19:22 AM
What's that?

Is there an echo in the room?

...

Allez!....allez! allez!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on October 18, 2018, 06:03:35 AM
The nation league is truly create a buz for the football national.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on October 18, 2018, 10:44:53 AM
Oh FUCKING HELL there's another international break in November
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 20, 2018, 12:25:20 PM
Real Madrid 2 down at home to Levante after 12 minutes.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 20, 2018, 01:25:22 PM
Glenn: VAR for me Clive evens things out, you've got to take the rough with the smooth sometimes and it's swings and roundabouts one day you'll get the decision and one day you won't, that's football Clive to be honest

Clive: I failed to challenge Ron Atkinson on his disgusting racism
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Post by: Captain Z on October 20, 2018, 01:37:35 PM
Look I never thought I'd say this, but pull down the blinds, I'm extending our longest ever goal drought. For 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 20, 2018, 01:52:44 PM
DROGBA LEGEND would have put this game to bed by now.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 20, 2018, 01:56:00 PM
A draw is preferable for all who would like to see Man Utd and Chelsea get in a grave
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 20, 2018, 02:08:18 PM
POGBA GRAVESEND
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 20, 2018, 02:25:13 PM
Haha! Jose's lost it
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Post by: DrGreggles on October 20, 2018, 02:35:16 PM
Haha! Jose's lost it

Tremendous stuff!
It would take a heart of stone...etc...
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Post by: Thursday on October 20, 2018, 03:00:41 PM
Phew! That would have been truly humiliating.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 20, 2018, 03:02:00 PM
Tremendous stuff!
It would take a heart of stone...etc...

He was justified. But he wasn't justified for time wasting that led to the 6 minutes (7 minutes) in which Ross scored. Twit.
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Post by: Chollis on October 20, 2018, 03:02:54 PM
That was the perfect ending.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 20, 2018, 04:05:28 PM
He was justified. But he wasn't justified for time wasting that led to the 6 minutes (7 minutes) in which Ross scored. Twit.

He may have been justified had he been the perfect example of touchline etiquette down the years.
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Post by: DrGreggles on October 20, 2018, 04:45:02 PM
Man City playing some terrific stuff this afternoon - and KDB has returned too.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on October 20, 2018, 06:39:38 PM
Oh, we love Danny Sturridge
He never seems to play!
He asks his God to cure him
But instead he made him gay!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 20, 2018, 07:18:35 PM
Man City playing some terrific stuff this afternoon

Words you never tire of hearing.
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Post by: New Jack on October 20, 2018, 07:21:50 PM
My Wildean problem with City is they're the purple of commerce
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 20, 2018, 11:25:39 PM
Sucks to be a Newcastle fan right now. No-one I know is surprised by our start to the season.

How Ashley is a successful businessman is beyond me. This is now the third time he's allowed us to stagnate and assumed one half decent year = alright now. Not to mention the asset he wants to fucking sell. Every time we go down that dips in value.

What an fucking tosspot.

Between McClaren and Benitez I've lost count of the amount of times we've lost 1-0 at home. For some reason that feels even worse than being tonked.
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Post by: New Jack on October 20, 2018, 11:46:56 PM
Oh, Our, is it eh Shoulders?

The horrible chant I posted is from my Newcastle supporting mate!

I fuckin loathe Ashley though and being a red (I brook no other definition of the colour from teams with white shorts) I have the utmost sympathy for Rafa and indeed, your fanbase, aspirations, actual "being a northern, attacking team" quality I fucking love in footie and the horrible demonic owner shit I wouldn't wish on even clubs I despise.

His footballing philosophy is like being with a partner who wants to move abroad. Cuts all ties, raises enough for the plane fare. Sorts it all here. But you get there... and fuck all. And they won't even look for the job. You're in Cyprus now,  you fuckin sort it if you want more, I booked the plane tickets!!

Still, took em out for a pizza eh? What a fucking cunt. And Rafa's star is being diminished. AND you sold that absolute beautiful headcase Mitrovic. Dark days, Ashley can get to fuck toxic-cockways into a blender.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 21, 2018, 12:09:01 AM
Sucks to be a Newcastle fan.

ftfy
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 21, 2018, 12:11:03 AM

Still, took em out for a pizza eh? What a fucking cunt. And Rafa's star is being diminished. AND you sold that absolute beautiful headcase Mitrovic. Dark days, Ashley can get to fuck toxic-cockways into a blender.

Maybe the fans will stage another faux-protest and go and watch Gateshead for a few games, again.

LOL


L O L


L    O     L
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 21, 2018, 12:11:43 AM
At least the Tyne-Wear derby is back on next season....
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Post by: New Jack on October 21, 2018, 12:20:18 AM
Maybe the fans will stage another faux-protest and go and watch Gateshead for a few games, again.

LOL


L O L


L    O     L

I am waiting for them to just stop going. Nothing else will show the cunt. Hurt his profits! Stop lining his pockets! Some other snappy line relating to whatever coffers are!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 21, 2018, 01:14:27 AM
Big club. Tino Asprilla and Davros Ginola will come again and lead them to glory!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 21, 2018, 01:21:27 AM
Big club. Tino Asprilla and Davros Ginola will come again and lead them to glory!

Alan Shearer’s ears prick up. Norberto Solano feels a cold shiver. It is on.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 21, 2018, 01:41:48 AM
Alan Shearer’s ears prick up. Norberto Solano feels a cold shiver. It is on.

Philippe Albert dusts off his boots, Pavel Srnicek rises from the grave.
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Post by: Maurice Yeatman on October 21, 2018, 02:20:06 AM
Tony Blairs shares a stotty with Wor Jackie as Supermac nods in at the far post.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 21, 2018, 03:26:26 AM
Gazza squished balls are replaced by Beardsley's chin as Waddle's mullet dances around the QPR defence.
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Post by: The Boston Crab on October 21, 2018, 07:19:58 PM
Everton genuine contenders for the Europa League
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 21, 2018, 07:49:42 PM
Everton genuine contenders for the Europa League

You couldn’t wish for more.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on October 22, 2018, 07:18:29 AM
Besides the round of 16 in the Leyland DAF.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on October 22, 2018, 08:05:11 AM
Stop going on about the Leyland DAF. You're never going to win it.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 22, 2018, 02:47:41 PM
Leyland DAF

Tranmere 1
Everton 0
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 22, 2018, 09:25:24 PM
Arsenal may well have just scored the best team goal you'll see all season.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on October 22, 2018, 09:35:52 PM
That was the most Arsenal goal ever, sickening predictability.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on October 22, 2018, 10:59:40 PM
Liquid football indeed:
https://twitter.com/sports247ng/status/1054486178328702976
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on October 23, 2018, 09:19:36 AM
I am absolutely appalled that Arsenal look like credible outsiders for the fucking league title.

They need to go on a really terrible run of fixtures quick-sharp.
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Post by: DrGreggles on October 23, 2018, 09:33:51 AM
The Big 6 mini league makes for interesting reading:

Liverpool 5 points from 3 games
Chelsea 5 points from 3 games
Man City 4 points from 2 games
Spurs 3 points from 2 games
Man U 1 point from 2 games
Arsenal 0 points from 2 games

Well, I say 'interesting'...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on October 23, 2018, 09:48:29 AM
I am absolutely appalled that Arsenal look like credible outsiders for the fucking league title.

No chance. As good as they have been in spells, they are way too dodgy defensively to get close to City, who will in all likelihood run away with it again. They have adapted to Emery's methods annoyingly quickly though, and it's looking like a great race for the Champions League again...as of right now I'd say Tottenham must be the favourites of the five to miss out, we literally haven't played well once this season. Even when we battered United we were terrible in the first half.

You could look at that either way though I guess - it's good that we're picking up a lot of points without playing well and that should set us up well for when we hit form, or alternatively you can't keep winning games despite playing badly forever and eventually it will lead to us falling away from the pack.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on October 23, 2018, 11:21:50 AM
Liquid football indeed:
https://twitter.com/sports247ng/status/1054486178328702976
That was pretty incredible.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on October 23, 2018, 11:42:06 AM
New Squires

https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/oct/23/david-squires-on-jose-mourinho-big-day-back-at-chelsea-manchester-united-football-cartoon
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Post by: EOLAN on October 23, 2018, 06:27:57 PM
New Squires

https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/oct/23/david-squires-on-jose-mourinho-big-day-back-at-chelsea-manchester-united-football-cartoon

Ooh, I spent a couple of minutes thinking one of the final panel's reveal was Michael Jackson. And trying to figure out what the link was with Fulham.
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Post by: sprocket on October 23, 2018, 07:46:12 PM
(https://cdn-04.independent.ie/incoming/article37449429.ece/cbe7f/AUTOCROP/w620/Bohs.jpg)

Bohs pay homage to Bob Marley with new away jersey (http://www.the42.ie/bohemians-away-jersey-bob-marley-4300420-Oct2018/)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: garnish on October 23, 2018, 07:48:15 PM
Well, I say 'interesting'...

Well, I say 'enjoy'

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8t7g0Ww4N2c/TsmV9FOfo1I/AAAAAAAABB8/r2gn2WNU3os/s1600/vlcsnap-2011-11-16-20h30m43s177.png)
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 23, 2018, 08:03:18 PM
(https://cdn-04.independent.ie/incoming/article37449429.ece/cbe7f/AUTOCROP/w620/Bohs.jpg)

Bohs pay homage to Bob Marley with new away jersey (http://www.the42.ie/bohemians-away-jersey-bob-marley-4300420-Oct2018/)

Hope that cunt on the shirt dies
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on October 23, 2018, 08:04:27 PM
New Squires

https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/oct/23/david-squires-on-jose-mourinho-big-day-back-at-chelsea-manchester-united-football-cartoon

Zola's looking a bit early 80s Ian Dury
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: the hum on October 23, 2018, 09:45:11 PM
Hearts watch: heading 6 points clear tonight on 25 points after dispatching lowly Dundee, although they've now played one game more than their nearest rivals (Celtic and Kilmarnock tied on 19 points). The Jambos next face Celtic on Sunday at Murrayfield (yep) in the league cup semi-finals. Oh aye, and Livvie are still sniffing about in 4th on 18 points.
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Post by: Bronzy on October 23, 2018, 10:00:20 PM
Hearts watch: heading 6 points clear tonight on 25 points after dispatching lowly Dundee, although they've now played one game more than their nearest rivals (Celtic and Kilmarnock tied on 19 points). The Jambos next face Celtic on Sunday at Murrayfield (yep) in the league cup semi-finals. Oh aye, and Livvie are still sniffing about in 4th on 18 points.

Fuck sake Livingston, get yer arses in gear
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: the hum on October 23, 2018, 10:05:29 PM
Fuck sake Livingston, get yer arses in gear

That opening day defeat is seriously going to haunt them.
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Post by: Golden E. Pump on October 23, 2018, 10:10:18 PM
QPR are now one point off the play-offs. What a weird season so far.
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Post by: Bronzy on October 23, 2018, 11:31:29 PM
That opening day defeat is seriously going to haunt them.

The 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock at The Tony Macaroni Arena sticks out in my mind, total sickener.

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Post by: the hum on October 23, 2018, 11:54:26 PM
The 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock at The Tony Macaroni Arena sticks out in my mind, total sickener.

Those rubber pellets spraying everywhere. All anyone wanted was a nice afternoon out, and possibly a goal. Doesn't bare thinking about.
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Post by: Captain Z on October 24, 2018, 07:49:10 PM
Oh Spurs.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on October 24, 2018, 09:34:33 PM
Dunno if any Scotch lads here are 'in the know' but does Andy Roberston have a cocaine habit?

The energy on him.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 24, 2018, 09:43:50 PM
Dunno if any Scotch lads here are 'in the know' but does Andy Roberston have a cocaine habit?

The energy on him.

"What a time to be alive" (Liverpool fans)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 25, 2018, 12:27:47 PM
https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45918581 (https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45918581)

Would love to go Karaokeing with this fella, I'd love it. Absolute Legend.
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Post by: Squink on October 25, 2018, 04:53:09 PM
The inclusion of Butthole Surfers' "Jimi" in Pep's list might raise an eyebrow or three.
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Post by: DrGreggles on October 27, 2018, 02:12:41 PM
AMAZING own goal brings Boro level with Derby.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on October 27, 2018, 02:13:54 PM
Great goal that. One of the more joyful ownies I've seen

Dunno if any Scotch lads here are 'in the know' but does Andy Roberston have a cocaine habit?

The energy on him.

Disgusting accusation, this, the sheer ignorance.

Cocaine energy requires regular top ups. It's far more likely its a kind of amphetamine for longer lasting release and endurance without having to snort powder off his thumb every time he takes a throw in
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 27, 2018, 02:20:33 PM
AMAZING own goal brings Boro level with Derby.

Just checked the score, it is 1-1, both OGgers. Sensational finish.

https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/9ru5t4/middlesbrough_11_derby_jayden_bogle_og_84/
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Post by: New Jack on October 27, 2018, 03:00:22 PM
Hoddle hobbled

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46002170
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 27, 2018, 03:15:11 PM
Hope he pulls through. Awful news.
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Post by: holyzombiejesus on October 27, 2018, 03:33:44 PM
Hoddle hobbled

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46002170

Must have done something awful in a previous life for that to have happened to him.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on October 27, 2018, 04:13:24 PM
Must have done something awful in a previous life for that to have happened to him.

And here's me a bit pleased but also disgusted at my mere alliteration... Well played.

Do hope he's alright, obvs. Sounds horrible. His birthday and all!
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Post by: New Jack on October 27, 2018, 04:43:02 PM
The power cube scores with a ball (shape juxtaposition joke)

God bless http://ripple.is
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Post by: boki on October 27, 2018, 04:45:01 PM
Must have done something awful in a previous life for that to have happened to him.

+1 karma
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 27, 2018, 04:47:33 PM
Three reds for Berwick today handing the Blue Brazil only their third win of the campaign.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: thraxx on October 27, 2018, 05:52:31 PM
Must have done something awful in a previous life for that to have happened to him.

Bollocks to you I came in here to post that.

Now I have to make an Eileen Drewery joke instead, something about healing hands or something.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 27, 2018, 05:53:18 PM
Bollocks to you I came in here to post that.

It was my first thought - but I went for the empathetic choice of words, poor bloke.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on October 27, 2018, 07:38:56 PM
Kemar Roofe, scum, sub-human scum.

Would have taken a draw before the match though.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 27, 2018, 09:11:00 PM
Leicester City's owner's helicopter just crashed. If he's dead, he's a fucking prannet for trying to avoid the traffic like that.
Edit:
(https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/sei_37160535-bb22.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&zoom=1&resize=540%2C360)

guess dead
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 27, 2018, 09:12:48 PM
Jake Humphrey's having one fucking hell of a day.

First Hoddle and now this.

Quote
BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey looked visibly upset after revealing the helicopter belonging to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha came down in the club's car park
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 27, 2018, 11:55:36 PM
I don't feel it's adding anything to the tragedy for BBC sport to have a constant stream of Tweets of people with just prayer emoticons, in their live feed.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 28, 2018, 01:22:40 AM
If anyone is wondering where Nigel Pearson has got to now...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqgVwOgXQAEwiq4.jpg)

Leicester's "sister club" OH Leuven in Belgium (same owner, possible RIP).

Currently sitting 2nd bottom of the Belgium 2nd league (with several Leicester Reserve players out on loan there as well...)

Here's there current first team.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqhS8umWkAAAMZ1.jpg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: a duncandisorderly on October 28, 2018, 01:34:30 AM
Kemar Roofe, scum, sub-human scum.

Would have taken a draw before the match though.

I think that's a bit rude, though I saw the replay about seven times & he was clearly reaching for the ball. I think 'cheat, & he knows it' would be enough.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 28, 2018, 01:54:03 AM
Here's there current first team.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqhS8umWkAAAMZ1.jpg)

Last of the Summer Wine FC. I bet their training ground set-piece routines involve one of them going down a hill in a bathtub.

Pearson was nearly appointed at Villa. Terrifying thought.

I think that's a bit rude, though I saw the replay about seven times & he was clearly reaching for the ball. I think 'cheat, & he knows it' would be enough.

Is this the fucker that plays (used to play?) for Leeds? He was a dirty fucker playing against the Villa a year or 2 ago, I’m pretty sure he has form.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: koeman on October 28, 2018, 01:37:10 AM
I think that's a bit rude, though I saw the replay about seven times & he was clearly reaching for the ball. I think 'cheat, & he knows it' would be enough.

On the contrary, I don't think 'sub-human scum' goes far enough.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Maurice Yeatman on October 28, 2018, 01:59:05 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqhS8umWkAAAMZ1.jpg)

Back left, Kevin Hess.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: a duncandisorderly on October 28, 2018, 02:10:13 AM
On the contrary, I don't think 'sub-human scum' goes far enough.

because of a hand-ball goal? or is there something else to this?

because if there isn't, if this is just about the cheating today, then get a fucking grip, the pair of you. save your words for a real criminal.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on October 28, 2018, 03:06:33 AM
Currently sitting 2nd bottom of the Belgium 2nd league (with several Leicester Reserve players out on loan there as well...)

Here's there current first team.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DqhS8umWkAAAMZ1.jpg)

No wonder they're second bottom playing with a 2 man disadvantage
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on October 28, 2018, 07:56:52 AM
because of a hand-ball goal? or is there something else to this?

because if there isn't, if this is just about the cheating today, then get a fucking grip, the pair of you. save your words for a real criminal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DSPFgpc330
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Post by: DrGreggles on October 28, 2018, 08:03:01 AM
OH Leuven

Can't be worse than the Dollar version.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 28, 2018, 08:07:43 AM
The thought of the ogre Pearson and his prating entourage staining the beautiful streets of Leuven, glowering along the cobbles of the begijnhof and hitting the flowers with their golf clubs is deeply distressing.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 28, 2018, 01:38:19 PM
The thought of the ogre Pearson and his prating entourage staining the beautiful streets of Leuven, glowering along the cobbles of the begijnhof and hitting the flowers with their golf clubs is deeply distressing.

I know what you mean, I can't even countenance the thought of people going to the toilet in Leuven. Scum. Sub-human scum.
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Post by: bgmnts on October 28, 2018, 04:27:51 PM
Christ what an utter useless cunt.
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Post by: DrGreggles on October 28, 2018, 04:29:44 PM
Tremendous fall by Martial there.
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Post by: Gulftastic on October 28, 2018, 04:31:33 PM
I can only think that the ref thought that nobody would make it that obvious he was diving, so it must be genuine. Baffling call.
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Post by: DrGreggles on October 28, 2018, 05:01:57 PM
Will Real Madrid's manager survive the game?
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 28, 2018, 05:24:22 PM
Need Richarlison to get one here. Cross fingers, folks.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 28, 2018, 06:29:39 PM
Need Richarlison to get one here. Cross fingers, folks.

WINNERS DON'T DO DRUGS
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on October 28, 2018, 11:26:26 PM
Leicester City's owner's helicopter just crashed. If he's dead, he's a fucking prannet for trying to avoid the traffic like that.
Edit:
(https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/sei_37160535-bb22.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&zoom=1&resize=540%2C360)

guess dead

Confirmed dead now, along with four others, which is all rather sad.
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Post by: a duncandisorderly on October 29, 2018, 12:28:51 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DSPFgpc330

my apologies.
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Post by: monolith on October 29, 2018, 07:26:58 AM
my apologies.
No need my friend, can see without context why it might have seemed a bit harsh!
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Post by: New Jack on October 29, 2018, 09:51:04 AM
Not sure if this is mawkish or ace but what a horrible situation regardless

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dqn2CM2WoAEn7R_.jpg)
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Post by: Blinder Data on October 29, 2018, 06:16:02 PM
Has RONALADO taken over translation duties for CR7?

Quote from: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/oct/29/cristiano-ronaldo-left-real-madrid-president-florentino-perez-juventus
"In the first four or five years there I had the feeling of being ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’. Less afterwards. The president looked at me through eyes that didn’t want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them, if you know what I mean."

...

"Yes, I dream of winning the Ballon d’Or for the sixth time and passing, in this case, Lionel Messi"

...

“Of course, this story is interfering in my life. I have a partner, four children, an ageing mother, sisters, a brother, a family with whom I am very close. Not to mention my reputation, which is that of someone exemplary"
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on October 29, 2018, 06:46:43 PM
Has RONALADO taken over translation duties for CR7?

Is possible
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Post by: bgmnts on October 29, 2018, 07:14:04 PM
Did he say his reputation was exemplary AFTER it became known he possibly hushed up raping someone?
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Post by: kalowski on October 29, 2018, 08:01:09 PM
State of the pitch at Wembley. Fuck me.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Squink on October 29, 2018, 08:12:19 PM
Man City just scored the first touchdown of the game. Their quarterback looks a bit tasty.
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Post by: DrGreggles on October 29, 2018, 08:35:28 PM
Will Real Madrid's manager survive the game?

Just about:
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/oct/29/real-madrid-sack-julen-lopetegui-antonio-conte-football
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Post by: New Jack on October 29, 2018, 09:32:36 PM
Man City just scored the first touchdown of the game. Their quarterback looks a bit tasty.

THROW OOOOON!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNuOowMFAEM
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Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on October 29, 2018, 10:50:21 PM
Pochettino looking sharp. He knows his opportunity to away is just around the corner. Could have been gone to Madrid already, had he not signed before Zidane left. Now he must grind through this season whilst looking like someone who can deal with Galacticos. Get trim, Just For Men, slick suit, see it out.

Real Madrid sack manager.

HAHA BALE where is ur excuse now big time guy

If Poch doesn't get it right away expect a mid-term Moyles stand-in and then...

#2014
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Post by: Norton Canes on October 30, 2018, 12:10:48 PM
I know he sometimes takes some stick on here, but... when he gets it right (https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/ng-interactive/2018/oct/30/david-squires-on-vichai-srivaddhanaprabha-and-leicester-city)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 30, 2018, 09:35:42 PM
Are we going to get to the point where we look at how the bloke became a billionaire?

Sycophantic and safety first sums it up Squires there
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Post by: garnish on October 30, 2018, 10:22:58 PM
How did he become a billionaire? (Save me Googling)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 30, 2018, 10:27:14 PM
SportsDirect

(just jesting Shoulders....not)

as for Srivaddhanaprabha, all I can find in google is "from humble beginnings"
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Post by: im barry bethel on October 31, 2018, 10:01:23 AM
Are we going to get to the point where we look at how the bloke became a billionaire?

Sycophantic and safety first sums it up Squires there

The whole love in is starting to get a bit sickly but really would you expect anything else in the immediate aftermath
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Norton Canes on October 31, 2018, 10:36:11 AM
How did he become a billionaire? (Save me Googling)

Duty free shops. Well, it says 'Duty free shops' on every site I've seen. But reading between the lines, child slavery. Obvious when you think about it.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on October 31, 2018, 10:54:06 AM
The whole love in is starting to get a bit sickly but really would you expect anything else in the immediate aftermath

No, nothing different, but the absence of surprise doesn't mean it's still ok.

I think what gets me is the "kind common touch little gestures stuff" about someone who had billions and could only have had billions by absolutely fucking over loads of people or inheriting the proceeds from said fucking.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on October 31, 2018, 10:56:28 AM
I'm more baffled by the idea that he was responsible for the Leicester dream season, it seems disrespectful to the players that got them there. I mean he didn't spend billions of pounds on the best players in the world like City, the money he spent wouldn't ordinarily get you anywhere near a title.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Norton Canes on October 31, 2018, 11:28:30 AM
I think actually reading and understanding the text in that Squires cartoon is key to this.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on October 31, 2018, 11:39:41 AM
The cycle of death-angel-monster-angel-monster-forgotten begins again
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Post by: gilbertharding on October 31, 2018, 12:46:53 PM
Duty free shops. Well, it says 'Duty free shops' on every site I've seen. But reading between the lines, child slavery. Obvious when you think about it.

What it actually says is "...was handed the exclusive rights to run duty free shops in an entire country." What it doesn't say is why.
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Post by: Soup on October 31, 2018, 02:12:02 PM
Because of child slavery, presumably.
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Post by: bgmnts on October 31, 2018, 08:14:12 PM
How the fuck Liverpool lost to this shower is amazing.
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Post by: DrGreggles on October 31, 2018, 08:22:34 PM
Including the end of last weekend's game, Derby have scored 3 own goals in 25 minutes!
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Post by: Captain Z on October 31, 2018, 08:51:06 PM
They also scored 4 goals at Chelsea inside the first 30 minutes, unfortunately 2 at both ends.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bigfatheart on October 31, 2018, 10:39:25 PM
It's never dull being a Derby fan.

So long as you ignore the entirety of last season, anyway.
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Post by: Soup on November 03, 2018, 12:13:33 PM
Five English clubs named in ‘European Super League’ plan for 2021 (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/nov/02/five-english-clubs-named-in-super-league-plan-chelsea-manchester-city-united-arsenal-liverpool)

Go on then. Fuck off.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: monolith on November 03, 2018, 01:31:17 PM
BBC website just said that Ian Wright was not a fan of Paul Pogba's penalty run up, underneath a video of Dion Dublin complaining about Pogba's penalty run up.

It's labelled correctly now but how the fuck can someone have a job updating the BBC live football feed if they do not know the difference between Dion Dublin and Ian Wright?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on November 03, 2018, 05:54:21 PM
Unsure why that goal didn't stand.

Initial offside?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 03, 2018, 06:07:45 PM
Unsure why that goal didn't stand.

Initial offside?

Looked like it to me. He was offside on the initial ball forward and “influenced play” by tucking in the rebound.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on November 03, 2018, 06:15:10 PM
Unsure why that goal didn't stand.

Initial offside?

It was probably given for that but, how the offside law is now interpreted, it was just a wrong decision. Tight call either way.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on November 03, 2018, 06:22:33 PM
The fact that Liverpool are piss poor today and we still look twice the team that Arsenal, and could be 2 or 3 up, is pretty uplifting.

I much preferred Arsenal when they were the 'banter club' of the top 6.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on November 03, 2018, 06:25:46 PM
I think both teams have been poor so far, but I can't see it ending goalless.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on November 03, 2018, 06:41:41 PM
Emery looks like Coogan's character in The Bureau.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on November 03, 2018, 06:46:41 PM
Fucking hell we've been shit, getting cut to ribbons at times. Fabinho looks lost, Van Dijk is the best defender in all of Christendom
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on November 03, 2018, 06:48:40 PM
STICK THAT UP YOUR DOJO
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on November 03, 2018, 06:50:15 PM
Emery looks like Coogan's character in The Bureau.

Great shout.

Get in!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Queneau on November 03, 2018, 06:53:58 PM
Five English clubs named in ‘European Super League’ plan for 2021 (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/nov/02/five-english-clubs-named-in-super-league-plan-chelsea-manchester-city-united-arsenal-liverpool)

Go on then. Fuck off.

Quote
According to Der Spiegel, the 11 founding teams could not be relegated and would be part of the league for the first 20 years.

That doesn't sound tedious at all.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on November 03, 2018, 07:01:47 PM
(https://img.gifglobe.com/grabs/thedaytoday/S01E04/S01E04-DvQemtMo.jpg)

Bellerin you ninny!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on November 03, 2018, 07:07:24 PM
My botty is quivering

The skill goblin will deliver us
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on November 03, 2018, 07:20:21 PM
Midday kickoff
3 o'clock kick offs
5:30 kick off
7:45 kick off

Couldn't milk the TV schedules any further
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on November 03, 2018, 07:24:34 PM
To play that shit and still get a draw away to Arsenal is not bad.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 03, 2018, 07:25:39 PM
Imagine that elite breakaway league! 1 game every so often, like a heavyweight belt fight. Weeks of shitty build up and tie-ins before a drab 0-0 between Liverpool and Bayern.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on November 03, 2018, 07:29:34 PM
Emery looks like Coogan's character in The Bureau.

Oh my GOD! He fucking does too!

Can't un-see that now.
It's Neil Warnock/Tony Soprano's mum all over again.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Squink on November 03, 2018, 08:43:40 PM
Arsenal are only finishing 3rd or somewhere close if you count the top half of the table as close to third. Which I guess it is, relatively speaking. But, seriously man, they look worse than last season. The only good thing about them at the moment is that their manager has completely based his style on Steve Coogan's character in The Bureau.

Leather called this months ago lads. Keep up.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 03, 2018, 09:35:36 PM
Every fucking time...counting the moments down to a Barca defeat - two late fucking goals.
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Post by: Norton Canes on November 03, 2018, 10:25:42 PM
Curse their ability to score goals at any point in a game!
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 03, 2018, 11:18:31 PM
Curse their ability to score goals at any point in a game!

Inevitable response
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 04, 2018, 06:26:26 AM
Elite Breakaway league already exists in effect. Oh Bayern vs Juve is it, let me fetch what remains of the fuck I give
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 04, 2018, 08:28:57 AM
I hope that super league goes ahead exactly as described. Arsenal just getting absolutely pasted every week by bigger teams. No prospect of relegation. They'll have to disband and start again in Sunday league.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 04, 2018, 08:45:34 AM
I hope that super league goes ahead exactly as described. Arsenal just getting absolutely pasted every week by bigger teams. No prospect of relegation. They'll have to disband and start again in Sunday league.

Then Spurs get invited

0 wins 1 draw 2 losses so far this year, sounds like a sort of elite version of being Newcastle United.

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Post by: Utter Shit on November 04, 2018, 10:18:58 AM
We are absolutely shite, it's massively damning of the PL that we've won so many games. We literally haven't had one ninety minute performance this season, even the 3-0 win at Old Trafford we were terrible in the first half.
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Post by: imitationleather on November 04, 2018, 12:40:11 PM
Pissed off that the Emery/Coogan in The Bureau thing wasn't raised by me on here first. I've been pointing the uncanny resemblance since he was appointed to my real life friends. Both of them.

"Look, I never thought I'd say this. But pull the shutters down. I'm closing the Emirates... For an hour."
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 04, 2018, 02:37:46 PM
“I’m trying to run a high class club du foot here, not some two-bit Punch and Judy show in Margate Highgate!”
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Post by: Brian Freeze on November 04, 2018, 04:11:24 PM
Floodlights kaput at Feyenoord. How long will they wait before abandoning the match?
Don't know if a ball was even kicked.
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Post by: Captain Z on November 04, 2018, 05:13:20 PM
Jesus Christ will Rooney never fuck off?
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 04, 2018, 05:15:32 PM
Jesus Christ will Rooney never fuck off?

The Wyane Roney Fundation. Can't begrudge him that cap. Charity.

The new Beckham of LA. Rooney of DC. He'll need some major cosmetic.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: massive bereavement on November 04, 2018, 06:52:36 PM
Can the Super League be avoided by simply inviting Paris St Germain into the Premier League?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on November 04, 2018, 07:12:43 PM
Can the Super League be avoided by simply inviting Paris St Germain into the Premier League?

That could be fun
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: kalowski on November 04, 2018, 07:54:07 PM
Jesus Christ will Rooney never fuck off?
The bracelet says "Rodney"
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 05, 2018, 10:44:34 AM
If you haven't already seen it, try and guess the footballer this statue is celebrating:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DrLJF6dXgAAcoso.jpg)

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Post by: gmoney on November 05, 2018, 10:58:03 AM
Jon Glaser?
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Post by: Great Satan on November 05, 2018, 10:58:26 AM
Can the Super League be avoided by simply inviting Paris St Germain into the Premier League?

I'd be up for that. We have Catalan Dragons in the Rugby Super League, which also once had PSG's own rugby team, so why the fuck not, I guess.

Mind you, I'm the sort of person who'd like to see a British football league system, even though I know how much of an untenable clusterfuck that would be.

If you haven't already seen it, try and guess the footballer this statue is celebrating:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DrLJF6dXgAAcoso.jpg)

When did Liverpool sign Art Garfunkel? I've got to know.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: massive bereavement on November 05, 2018, 11:33:32 AM
If you haven't already seen it, try and guess the footballer this statue is celebrating:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DrLJF6dXgAAcoso.jpg)

Alan Brazil?
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BIey4B7CMAAmoXk.jpg)
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 05, 2018, 12:41:51 PM
Carrot El-Top
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 05, 2018, 01:30:26 PM
David Luiz?
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Post by: SpiderChrist on November 05, 2018, 01:49:25 PM
Fellaini?
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Post by: Captain Z on November 05, 2018, 02:23:57 PM
^Both great guesses that the artist will wish were the intended outcome, but it is, of course, Mohamed Salad.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: kalowski on November 05, 2018, 06:32:49 PM
If you haven't already seen it, try and guess the footballer this statue is celebrating:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DrLJF6dXgAAcoso.jpg)
(https://www.rhino.com/sites/rhino.com/files/styles/square/public/spotify/album_1d79WI0e5XKTpBymbKADDQ.jpg?itok=m1nv9rE9)
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 05, 2018, 07:28:20 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DrLJF6dXgAAcoso.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/GB4Mc6f.jpg)
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Post by: Maurice Yeatman on November 05, 2018, 08:40:35 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DrLJF6dXgAAcoso.jpg)

There's a touch of Alan 'Fucking Bastard' Sunderland in there, after his cup final winning goal in 1979. No tash though. https://twitter.com/arsenal/status/1013384392734138371?lang=en
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 05, 2018, 08:41:27 PM
The Wyane Roney Fundation. Can't begrudge him that cap. Charity.

The new Beckham of LA. Rooney of DC. He'll need some major cosmetic.

In fairness, Rooney put Washington DC on the map. Before him no-one had ever heard of it
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 05, 2018, 09:07:08 PM
In fairness, Rooney put Washington DC on the map.

Unfortunately he put it somewhere in the middle of Asia.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on November 06, 2018, 12:43:16 PM
The FA have called Rooney out of retirement and named this friendly after his foundation, but aren't giving any of the money raised to his charity or any other charity for that matter. That is elite level bastard behaviour, fair play.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 06, 2018, 01:24:02 PM
BBC headline suggesting Rooney linked with Man U. Didn't click and its probably fake news. But as the earliest poster said...fuck off you flash in the pan cunt.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 06, 2018, 02:19:38 PM
The FA have called Rooney out

Thank god, it's about time someone called him out.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on November 06, 2018, 08:00:08 PM
Ah, I wasn't aware we were kicking off early tonight.

*checks score*

Neither were the team, it appears...
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Post by: Chollis on November 06, 2018, 08:14:01 PM
i miss Fekir so much
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Squink on November 07, 2018, 09:25:18 PM
Ronalado score first (part 9,364).
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 07, 2018, 09:27:05 PM
Ronalado score first.

BAEL to pull off the same from 30 yards in the final.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on November 07, 2018, 09:54:09 PM
Another team forget's they still need to defend against Man Utd even the game is nearly over.

Honestly you'd think footballers would have learnt this by now.



Still can't get over a team just being called "Young Boys"
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 07, 2018, 10:05:44 PM
RONALADO concede 2 in last five minutes? Is possible.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: SpiderChrist on November 08, 2018, 10:54:43 AM
Les Reed sacked by Southampton. Good riddance to shit rubbish.
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Post by: gilbertharding on November 08, 2018, 11:55:16 AM
Hah. But what about The Black Box?

And now we're just Mark Hughes' team.
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Post by: SpiderChrist on November 08, 2018, 03:14:33 PM
Hah. But what about The Black Box?

And now we're just Mark Hughes' team.

I thought the clever scouting brain fucked off to Spurs to work with Pochettino. And I imagine Hughes is now on borrowed time, as Reed's successor is likely to want to clear the decks. I think all the good stuff Reed did for Saints can't be denied, but he made himself scarce when it all went tits up, didn't he?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on November 08, 2018, 03:19:11 PM
I thought the clever scouting brain fucked off to Spurs to work with Pochettino.

Then subsequently fucked off to Leipzig!
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Post by: SpiderChrist on November 08, 2018, 03:32:51 PM
Then subsequently fucked off to Leipzig!

What a fucking rotter.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: gilbertharding on November 08, 2018, 04:01:31 PM
I thought the clever scouting brain fucked off to Spurs to work with Pochettino. And I imagine Hughes is now on borrowed time, as Reed's successor is likely to want to clear the decks. I think all the good stuff Reed did for Saints can't be denied, but he made himself scarce when it all went tits up, didn't he?

Fucking idiots on the SaintsWeb boards are hoping Kruger and Hughes go, then Cortese and Koeman come back. Or, worse than that, MLT to step in and do something (what?). I hope the people who are calling for Wenger are joking, at least.
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Post by: SpiderChrist on November 08, 2018, 04:03:49 PM
Fucking idiots on the SaintsWeb boards are hoping Kruger and Hughes go, then Cortese and Koeman come back. Or, worse than that, MLT to step in and do something (what?). I hope the people who are calling for Wenger are joking, at least.

Prior to Reed's departure, some twats on there were calling for the appointment of Allardyce. Saintsweb is a nest of cunts.
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Post by: smudge1971 on November 08, 2018, 04:37:40 PM
Prior to Reed's departure, some twats on there were calling for the appointment of Allardyce. Saintsweb is a nest of cunts.
When we (Blackburn) lost Hughes we had to endure 6 months of Paul Ince before we got Allardyce. Try it. Big Sam will seem like Guardifuckingola after that.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Squink on November 08, 2018, 08:08:36 PM
Next round of the Europa League seems to be referred to as the "last 32," which makes is feel like even more of a slog than ever. By my estimation there's almost 60 clubs involved in this competition (including the Champions League dropouts). My maths could be shit though.

"Good job lads, only another 98 games to go until you get a millisecond of glory before everyone instantly forgets who won."
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Post by: Squink on November 08, 2018, 08:11:17 PM
Whoops. Double posting shenanigans.
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Post by: finnquark on November 08, 2018, 09:50:05 PM
Stevie G's passive aggression is becoming more and more active every time I see him speak.
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Post by: Captain Z on November 08, 2018, 10:23:18 PM
Next round of the Europa League seems to be referred to as the "last 32," which makes is feel like even more of a slog than ever. By my estimation there's almost 60 clubs involved in this competition (including the Champions League dropouts). My maths could be shit though.

"Good job lads, only another 98 games to go until you get a millisecond of glory before everyone instantly forgets who won."

Quote from: wikipedia
A total of 213 teams from all 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.

Would love to see it all laid out in a soccermeter.
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Post by: Thursday on November 09, 2018, 12:21:00 AM
I don't know though, I think I find the madness of the Europa League more fun, it's more interesting to play teams you've never heard of.
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Post by: Squink on November 09, 2018, 06:22:04 PM
Quote from: wikipedia
A total of 213 teams from all 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.

Interesting that it's an odd number. Did one team eliminate themselves? Now that's a match I'd pay to watch.
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 09, 2018, 07:15:52 PM
Interesting that it's an odd number. Did one team eliminate themselves? Now that's a match I'd pay to watch.

One team lost a preliminary match before the preliminary round had started.
I assume it was Celtic.
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Post by: sprocket on November 09, 2018, 11:52:34 PM
Interesting that it's an odd number. Did one team eliminate themselves? Now that's a match I'd pay to watch.

World's greatest football team Cork City got a bye in the second qualifying round.

Quote from: UEFA
This path consists of the three teams eliminated in the UEFA Champions League preliminary round (which concludes on 29 June) and the 16 teams eliminated in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round (ending 17/18 July).
One team was given a bye to the third qualifying round champions path by means of an additional draw prior to the champions path draw. That means 18 sides were involved.
UEFA Europa League second qualifying round champions path draw (https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2019/matches/#/dw/1147)
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Post by: Rolf Lundgren on November 10, 2018, 12:56:09 PM
Dan Walker is constantly amused by the state of non-league football grounds. He doesn't consider it a job done unless he's thoroughly patronised everyone he meets from the players to the bar staff and helpfully explained the day jobs of players on £100 a week. He can't walk past chipped paint without chuckling to himself and comparing it to the Etihad.
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Post by: EOLAN on November 10, 2018, 01:01:12 PM
Fair play to the premier league fantasy football site. Have placed poppies on the players jerseys but have left it off Matic's.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 10, 2018, 01:17:39 PM
I don't know though, I think I find the madness of the Europa League more fun, it's more interesting to play teams you've never heard of.

Absolutely. Teams from genuinely far and wide are represented. The format is a bit shit now but there's usually novelty value: Teams you haven't seen before, teams who haven't met before, mercurial talent, a distinct lack of snobbish elitism and less of an imbalance between the haves and have nots up until, perhaps, right at the end.

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Post by: bgmnts on November 10, 2018, 01:36:49 PM
Cardiff supporter dressed up as Vincent Tan.

Racist?
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Post by: Maurice Yeatman on November 10, 2018, 03:05:40 PM
Tan has been known to join in with the Ayatollah, so no. Racism evens itself out by the end of the season.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 10, 2018, 03:44:44 PM
Good cross, good header. Simple stuff.

Hattrick on the cards for Salmon Rondon.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 10, 2018, 03:48:07 PM
Just when you think the toon are dead and buried, they always have a daft winning blip.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 10, 2018, 03:57:17 PM
Just when you think the toon are dead and buried, they always have a daft winning blip.

Back to 2-1
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Post by: bgmnts on November 10, 2018, 04:58:44 PM
Handbags!

Well, not even handbags.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 10, 2018, 08:35:34 PM
Clutch bags
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 10, 2018, 08:36:04 PM
Genoa v Napoli is free legal streaming on FB/Eleven Sports right now
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Post by: bgmnts on November 10, 2018, 08:48:28 PM
The pitch starting to get a bit waterlogged now. Should make it interesting.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 10, 2018, 08:50:44 PM
Booooo
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Post by: finnquark on November 10, 2018, 09:22:12 PM
Had a real fret between 8 and 9 there, what with the Libertadores final being postponed until tomorrow. Premier Sports were due to show it live on freeview, but had to put Maritimo 0 Porto 2 on instead. Panic over now, plugged into Quest where Colin Murray is holding Michael Brown hostage.
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 10, 2018, 09:23:09 PM
Yet another Spurs win while playing shit. It's bonkers.
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 11, 2018, 07:53:05 AM
Dortmund v Bayern was a bit of a better.
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Post by: SpiderChrist on November 11, 2018, 08:22:42 AM
Just watched the Charlie Austin interview. Crikey. And, for what it’s worth, I can see why the goal was disallowed.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 11, 2018, 11:03:31 AM
Do like a good whinging cunt interview.
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 11, 2018, 11:29:58 AM
https://youtu.be/AdxZjRHq2SM

Perfect.
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 11, 2018, 03:52:24 PM
Barca 2 down at home to Betis after half an hour - and it could easily be 4 or 5!

We know how this ends, right?
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Post by: chveik on November 11, 2018, 05:19:21 PM
Barca 2 down at home to Betis after half an hour - and it could easily be 4 or 5!

We know how this ends, right?

Not this time :)
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 11, 2018, 05:21:07 PM
Not this time :)

At last!
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 11, 2018, 06:27:36 PM
Martin Tyler trying his best to make out that was a competitive game, like the company bitch he is.
DON'T LIE TO US! WE CAN SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING!
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Post by: finnquark on November 11, 2018, 07:01:37 PM
Anyone else watching Boca River Plate?
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 11, 2018, 07:03:09 PM
Anyone else watching Boca River Plate?

Last night wasn't it?

Edit: Ooh! Better record that bastard!
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Post by: finnquark on November 11, 2018, 07:04:51 PM
Just kicked off, was postponed due to rain
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Post by: monolith on November 12, 2018, 07:49:50 AM
So is anything going to happen to PSG or City? I'm not a City fan but I like the way that they play and anything that quiets the Red half of Manchester is a good thing. Would be a shame if they drifted in to obscurity.
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 12, 2018, 08:45:31 AM
No chance. A fine so that the authorities get a cut of their winnings but nothing else. FFP wasn't brought in to stop City or PSG, it was brought in to stop smaller teams trying to become the new City or PSG.
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Post by: jobotic on November 12, 2018, 09:10:37 AM
City should have their second goal at Wembley 1999 disallowed and go back to League 1. Justice demands nothing less.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 12, 2018, 02:48:41 PM
So is anything going to happen to PSG or City? I'm not a City fan but I like the way that they play and anything that quiets the Red half of Manchester is a good thing. Would be a shame if they drifted in to obscurity.

Desolation.
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Post by: Golden E. Pump on November 12, 2018, 02:57:13 PM
No chance. A fine so that the authorities get a cut of their winnings but nothing else. FFP wasn't brought in to stop City or PSG, it was brought in to stop smaller teams trying to become the new City or PSG.

This. As a QPR fan, I'm somewhat aggrieved by FFP.
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 12, 2018, 04:59:40 PM
If it makes you feel any better, QPR would never have become a City or PSG in a million years - their tactic was to sign players who were brilliant five years previously, and paying them according to the level they once reached, while refusing to acknowledge that they were now useless. FFP probably saved QPR from going out of business, without it those players would still be there now paying Neville Southall and Mark Lawrenson £80k a week.
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Post by: gilbertharding on November 12, 2018, 05:16:04 PM
Just watched the Charlie Austin interview. Crikey. And, for what it’s worth, I can see why the goal was disallowed.

Innit.

I doubt the most useless referee is as shit as Austin, or half the rest of the team, or the bloke who picks and allegedly trains them. But will you ever hear him say that in a post match interview? Bollocks. It's pathetic.
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Post by: gilbertharding on November 12, 2018, 05:16:49 PM
No chance. A fine so that the authorities get a cut of their winnings but nothing else. FFP wasn't brought in to stop City or PSG, it was brought in to stop smaller teams trying to become the new City or PSG.

Or 'doing a Leeds', as it's also known.
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 12, 2018, 05:21:06 PM
TBH if you take Leeds as the barometer then it should be encouraged. The wealth of hilarious stories that have come out about the Banter Ridsdale Era make it all worthwhile. £60k a month on office fish, Seth Johnson getting almost double the wages he intended to ask for. Amazing.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 12, 2018, 05:24:17 PM
Innit.

I doubt the most useless referee is as shit as Austin, or half the rest of the team, or the bloke who picks and allegedly trains them. But will you ever hear him say that in a post match interview? Bollocks. It's pathetic.

PARKLIFE
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Post by: DolphinFace on November 12, 2018, 07:14:47 PM
More Ridsdale stories please.
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Post by: finnquark on November 12, 2018, 07:23:36 PM
Here is his self-penned ditty about his love for Leeds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLWHZ7NKCY4
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 12, 2018, 08:03:49 PM
If it makes you feel any better, QPR would never have become a City or PSG in a million years - their tactic was to sign players who were brilliant five years previously, and paying them according to the level they once reached, while refusing to acknowledge that they were now useless. FFP probably saved QPR from going out of business, without it those players would still be there now paying Neville Southall and Mark Lawrenson £80k a week.

Our best era was due to this - Nevin, McNab, and then Aldo of course.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 13, 2018, 12:35:48 AM
Big Phil Scolari back in the big time at Real Madrid.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 13, 2018, 02:55:23 PM
Scolari?

Rigid do as i say manager replaces rigid do as I say manager
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 13, 2018, 03:14:54 PM
Scolari?

Rigid do as i say manager replaces rigid do as I say manager

Isn’t he at Guangzhou getting paid squillions to win the Chinese super league? Am I missing something here?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on November 13, 2018, 03:30:31 PM
Solari, not Scolari. And Solari isn't really their new manager anyway, he's their B team manager but is covering the first team on an interim basis - they just have to name him as their permanent manager because you can only have a temporary manager for a short time. If Conte or whoever else agrees to join, they will presumably send Solari back to manage the stiffs again.

Interesting stat I heard: Solari has won his first four games as Real Madrid manager, and apparently no Madrid manager has ever done that. That's weird, isn't it? I mean four wins isn't exactly an astonishing run, especially not for a team like Madrid.

Nice to see Scolari mentioned - always good to remember that the FA made such a bollocks of his interview that he ended up pulling out of a job he had originally wanted, leaving us with McLaren.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on November 13, 2018, 04:06:36 PM
Football - it's not a cunt's game for cunts is it?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46197761?fbclid=IwAR2uwLUwWgDhLPX2yZlwGMrKuLqcsTPiarBfYtdOnKMEwpR9hFbUVMoX57I
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 13, 2018, 04:09:13 PM
Football - it's not a cunt's game for cunts is it?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46197761?fbclid=IwAR2uwLUwWgDhLPX2yZlwGMrKuLqcsTPiarBfYtdOnKMEwpR9hFbUVMoX57I

Real “Roy of the Rovers” stuff, this.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 13, 2018, 04:29:14 PM
Solari, not Scolari. And Solari isn't really their new manager anyway, he's their B team manager but is covering the first team on an interim basis - they just have to name him as their permanent manager because you can only have a temporary manager for a short time. If Conte or whoever else agrees to join, they will presumably send Solari back to manage the stiffs again.

Interesting stat I heard: Solari has won his first four games as Real Madrid manager, and apparently no Madrid manager has ever done that. That's weird, isn't it? I mean four wins isn't exactly an astonishing run, especially not for a team like Madrid.



Especially against the likes of Plizen, a third division outfit and two La Liga stragglers.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: rue the polywhirl on November 13, 2018, 07:53:25 PM
Football - it's not a cunt's game for cunts is it?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46197761?fbclid=IwAR2uwLUwWgDhLPX2yZlwGMrKuLqcsTPiarBfYtdOnKMEwpR9hFbUVMoX57I

Considering he’s earned them £5 billion last year alone and almost as many billions year in year out, £5 million is a small drop in a token ocean of appreciation. The Scudameister deserves his farewell fund.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 13, 2018, 08:27:30 PM
£5m wouldn't even pay for Alexis Sanchez to come and clean your house for 3 months.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 13, 2018, 08:37:57 PM
Scud's replacement

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Susanna Dinnage has been named as the new chief executive of the Premier League, replacing Richard Scudamore.

Dinnage joins from media organisation Discovery, where she was the global president of the Animal Planet channel.

Good choice, the right nouse.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on November 14, 2018, 09:17:32 AM
Scissors cover rock, hang on rock breaks paper

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46202509
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: jobotic on November 14, 2018, 10:09:10 AM
Why didn't he do Ip Dip Dog Shit? Has he never read You Are The Ref?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 14, 2018, 11:45:58 AM
Isn't that an example of the good old plucky British pragmatism that will get us through Brexit? I suppose the law states he should have gone back to get a coin but I would hardly describe his alternative method as 'very unprofessional'. Slightly unprofessional at the worst.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on November 14, 2018, 11:49:59 AM
Yeah I am really baffled by that reaction from the FA. I mean...his mistake affected nothing, it's still a 50-50 way of deciding what is a pretty insignificant part of the game anyway. I don't understand why a quiet word in the ear about being more careful next time - if only to keep up appearances of professionalism - wasn't enough. Who is this decision protecting, and who would have been negatively affected if they had not punished him? Weird.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 14, 2018, 12:47:35 PM
They should have played a full 90 minutes to decide who kicked off. If it ended in a draw, he would have had time to go and get the coin at half-time anyway.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 14, 2018, 12:54:44 PM
What if he forgot to referee the first match?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on November 14, 2018, 07:14:16 PM
Shame he's got his back to the camera

https://youtu.be/S0AgXwJAPik
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on November 15, 2018, 03:11:32 PM
It's VAR!

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/nov/15/premier-league-introduce-var-video-assistant-referees-technology-next-season
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Squink on November 15, 2018, 07:28:10 PM
Julie Delpy to captain England tonight in honour of Are Brave Roon.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 15, 2018, 08:07:46 PM
Sancho, Wilson and Dunk

It's like England from a mid 90s footy game without the proper license
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on November 15, 2018, 08:20:49 PM
Sancho, Wilson and Dunk

It's like England from a mid 90s footy game without the proper license

(https://image.ibb.co/fWHp70/IMG-20181115-201735.jpg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 15, 2018, 08:41:23 PM
Where is RIO and TERY

Where is LAMPS and GERRARD

Where is CROUCHIE TO DO A JOB

:'(
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: New Jack on November 15, 2018, 08:42:16 PM
dwigt rortugal's shite (against) portugal
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Beagle 2 on November 15, 2018, 09:00:54 PM
Bobson Dugnutt. Legend.

RIP.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 15, 2018, 09:25:32 PM
Where is RIO and TERY

Where is LAMPS and GERRARD

Where is CROUCHIE TO DO A JOB

:'(

:(
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 16, 2018, 12:24:03 AM
I think Glenallen Mixon is still playing up front for Port Vale.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: thraxx on November 16, 2018, 09:02:21 AM
(https://image.ibb.co/fWHp70/IMG-20181115-201735.jpg)

Now we know what poo did before entering academia.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on November 16, 2018, 09:12:43 AM
I only caught the highlights last night, but England looked pretty good I thought. Wilson probably should have had a hat trick, glad he eventually got one as otherwise you'd already be worried about him being a one cap wonder.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on November 16, 2018, 09:46:36 AM
Croatia v Spain was a good match - especially the 2nd half.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 16, 2018, 11:14:45 AM
I only caught the highlights last night, but England looked pretty good I thought. Wilson probably should have had a hat trick, glad he eventually got one as otherwise you'd already be worried about him being a one cap wonder.
Paul Goddard, Danny Wallace, Francis Jeffers and David Nugent sigh forlornly.
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 16, 2018, 11:17:47 AM
That's Dave "averages nine goals every 90 minutes for England" Nugent to you!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on November 16, 2018, 11:26:25 AM
Didn't Goddard only play for 8 minutes and score?
I'm sure he's statistically England's greatest ever striker.
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Post by: Bronzy on November 16, 2018, 11:35:21 AM
Paul Goddard, Danny Wallace, Francis Jeffers and David Nugent sigh forlornly.

Steven Caulker burps loudly as he downs another sambuca.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 16, 2018, 11:37:44 AM
Didn't Goddard only play for 8 minutes and score?
I'm sure he's statistically England's greatest ever striker.
Came on as a sub in the first half vs Iceland just before the '82 World Cup. Alas, his goal was not enough to get ahead of Peter Withe in the "spends entire tournament sat on the bench" role.

Eight minutes used to be (not sure if still) the shortest England career - as held by former Brighton striker Peter Ward.
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Post by: Bronzy on November 16, 2018, 11:40:38 AM
Eight minutes used to be (not sure if still) the shortest England career - as held by former Brighton striker Peter Ward.

That record is now held by current Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly - he came on for the last two minutes of a friendly against Norway in 2012 and hasn't played for England since.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 16, 2018, 11:48:31 AM
That record is now held by current Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly - he came on for the last two minutes of a friendly against Norway in 2012 and hasn't played for England since.
Fantastic. Reminds me of the shortest Man United first team career - Nick Culkin managing about two seconds of open play, smashing a free kick upfield after Keown (I think) brained van der Gouw at Higbury in 1999.
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Post by: kalowski on November 16, 2018, 05:20:23 PM
Steven Caulker burps loudly as he downs another sambuca.
And Levi Stubbs' tears roll down his face.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 16, 2018, 07:57:21 PM
Free header six yards out. Fucking Saes.
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Post by: Jockice on November 16, 2018, 08:22:26 PM
Paul Goddard, Danny Wallace, Francis Jeffers and David Nugent sigh forlornly.

And Mel Sterland. Safe as houses. Although it somehow ended up in his garage.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 16, 2018, 08:24:54 PM
And Mel Sterland. Safe as houses. Although it somehow ended up in his garage.
Fun fact: Sterland played his only England game vs Saudi Arabia, alongside another one-cap wonder in Brian Marwood (he managed nine minutes, avoiding the then record). But neither scored a goal, unlike the ones I mentioned.
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Post by: George Oscar Bluth II on November 16, 2018, 08:39:27 PM
So on Sunday it's still possible England could be relegated OR win the league.

The Nations League fucking rules lads.
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Post by: Jockice on November 16, 2018, 08:54:23 PM
Fun fact: Sterland played his only England game vs Saudi Arabia, alongside another one-cap wonder in Brian Marwood (he managed nine minutes, avoiding the then record). But neither scored a goal, unlike the ones I mentioned.

Talking of old firm England one-cap wonders, my team had Alan Thompson and Chris Sutton. Sterland was shit for Rangers though. Really shit
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 16, 2018, 08:58:55 PM
Talking of old firm England one-cap wonders, my team had Alan Thompson and Chris Sutton. Sterland was shit for Rangers though. Really shit
I grew up in the Border TV region, so we got "Scotsport" instead of English football on a Sunday evening. I remember him being at Rangers for about five minutes and scoring a few goals in a title-winning team that also included Andy Gray at the fag end of his career.

At least Sterland got his cap, unlike other Rangers/Souness fly-by-night signings such as Mark Falco, Colin West and Jimmy Philips.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 16, 2018, 09:40:52 PM
I don't understand this tournament and have no desire to but I didn't realise the Danes were so cunty.

I have a sad feeling Giggs will squander this immense (by our standards) talent in this squad. He'll be our McClaren.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 16, 2018, 10:07:26 PM
Also, Germany are out, somehow.

I think.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 16, 2018, 11:02:35 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/nations-league/table

This is the way the BBC have chosen to lay out the tables

Naturally the first table at the top is D2
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 16, 2018, 11:20:51 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/nations-league/table

This is the way the BBC have chosen to lay out the tables

Naturally the first table at the top is D2

Haha random teams in bold, different numbers of teams in each division, San Marino with -14 GD and Belarus looking invincible.

How has no one posted Alan Partridge and his World Cup ‘94 spinning signposts yet?
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 17, 2018, 10:10:59 AM
Oh they have put them in order now

Why not have two A groups instead of those little ones?
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 17, 2018, 10:54:41 AM
Good piece about something that happened 25 years ago:
https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2012/feb/15/forgotten-story-17-november-1993
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Post by: bgmnts on November 17, 2018, 11:09:18 AM
Good piece about something that happened 25 years ago:
https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2012/feb/15/forgotten-story-17-november-1993

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A draw was enough for Denmark, while Spain and the Republic knew they had to win to ensure qualification but that they might get through with a draw (in Spain’s case, a draw was enough if the Republic failed to win; in the Republic’s case, a draw was enough if Spain and Denmark did not draw. The Republic were out if they lost; Spain were out if they lost unless the Republic also lost.
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 17, 2018, 11:16:28 AM
Most of the goals mentioned in the article:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Os8ULnMDI
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Post by: Captain Z on November 17, 2018, 12:17:58 PM
Yes that was a good read, albeit clearly written before Gary Speed's death and Wales' recent success.
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Post by: mr. logic on November 17, 2018, 01:23:22 PM
Speed died in 2011, and that’s dated 2012, so written afterwards.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 17, 2018, 02:09:59 PM
Speed died in 2011, and that’s dated 2012, so written afterwards.

Yeah but news of Speed's death didn't reach the Guardian until after this piece.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 17, 2018, 07:42:16 PM
FLOWER OF SCOOOOOTCHLAND
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Post by: Captain Z on November 17, 2018, 09:14:34 PM
That's some goal from Forrest. Glad I put this on instead of ITAPOR.
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Post by: Sgt. Duckie on November 18, 2018, 03:53:08 PM
I can only conclude that football is coming home, next summer.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on November 18, 2018, 03:59:58 PM
The Uefa Nations League is brilliant. An excellent idea by UEFA. It's coming home lads!
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Post by: Captain Z on November 18, 2018, 04:00:54 PM
This nations league format is a disaster brilliant!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 18, 2018, 04:08:26 PM
Am I correct in thinking that the nations league winner still doesn't get an automatic qualification for Euro 2020? Instead we wait and see who qualifies through the normal group system, and the four highest-placed nations league non-qualifying teams in each of A, B, C, D play off again? What happens if only 3 teams in the whole of section A have failed to qualify?
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Post by: chveik on November 18, 2018, 04:18:26 PM
Am I correct in thinking that the nations league winner still doesn't get an automatic qualification for Euro 2020? Instead we wait and see who qualifies through the normal group system, and the four highest-placed nations league non-qualifying teams in each of A, B, C, D play off again? What happens if only 3 teams in the whole of section A have failed to qualify?

they would have to invent a new country
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Post by: monolith on November 18, 2018, 04:46:57 PM
We've peaked at the right time, now that the tin pot irrelevance of the summer is out of the way we've a chance at winning the big one.
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Post by: im barry bethel on November 18, 2018, 04:52:29 PM
Am I correct in thinking that the nations league winner still doesn't get an automatic qualification for Euro 2020? Instead we wait and see who qualifies through the normal group system, and the four highest-placed nations league non-qualifying teams in each of A, B, C, D play off again? What happens if only 3 teams in the whole of section A have failed to qualify?

I don't think even uefa know the answer to that
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 18, 2018, 05:18:06 PM
Glad we showed the slavic interlopers who's boss

HARD BREXIT NOW
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Post by: EOLAN on November 18, 2018, 05:21:22 PM
England make it to the last four of a major tournament for the first time in four months.
Footballs Coming Home.
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Post by: Captain Z on November 18, 2018, 09:07:15 PM
Switzerland need to beat Belgium by 2 goals to top their group, 0-2 down inside 20 minutes but have now come back to make it 4-2.
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Post by: Squink on November 18, 2018, 10:43:03 PM
If you win the Nations League do you go through to the finals automatically? Or do you still have to qualify through the groups?
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Post by: monolith on November 18, 2018, 10:54:23 PM
If you win the Nations League do you go through to the finals automatically? Or do you still have to qualify through the groups?
Still have to qualify through the groups, but if you spectacularly fuck up in the group then you have a shot at a play off automatically.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 18, 2018, 11:06:25 PM
Switzerland need to beat Belgium by 2 goals to top their group, 0-2 down inside 20 minutes but have now come back to make it 4-2.

5-2

So, the semi are likely to be:

England vs. Switzerland
Portugal vs. Netherlands (unless the minnows of Germany put the mighty Les Bleus through)
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Post by: Squink on November 19, 2018, 12:24:19 AM
Still have to qualify through the groups, but if you spectacularly fuck up in the group then you have a shot at a play off automatically.

Thanks for this! And sorry for being dense, but one thing I can't quite get my head around: if x team wins the Nations League and qualifies for their group then no need for a playoff with them in it. But if x team doesn't qualify through the groups and wins the Nations League and then goes into the playoffs, doesn't that add an extra team in the mix for the playoffs? How does that not unbalance things? Or does someone from the group stages that otherwise would have gone into a playoff spot miss out?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 19, 2018, 01:31:35 AM
Thanks for this! And sorry for being dense, but one thing I can't quite get my head around: if x team wins the Nations League and qualifies for their group then no need for a playoff with them in it. But if x team doesn't qualify through the groups and wins the Nations League and then goes into the playoffs, doesn't that add an extra team in the mix for the playoffs? How does that not unbalance things? Or does someone from the group stages that otherwise would have gone into a playoff spot miss out?

They cancel the World Cup and do a rerun of this year's nations league.
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Post by: monolith on November 19, 2018, 07:51:57 AM
Thanks for this! And sorry for being dense, but one thing I can't quite get my head around: if x team wins the Nations League and qualifies for their group then no need for a playoff with them in it. But if x team doesn't qualify through the groups and wins the Nations League and then goes into the playoffs, doesn't that add an extra team in the mix for the playoffs? How does that not unbalance things? Or does someone from the group stages that otherwise would have gone into a playoff spot miss out?
Haven't checked but a team has to miss out somewhere so I'm guessing there is one less spot for one of the runners up in a group. They usually give spots to one of the best second place teams across the groups so they'd just get rid of one of the poorest performing 2nd place teams.
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Post by: George Oscar Bluth II on November 19, 2018, 09:39:53 AM
Also your nations league performance feeds in to your qualifying seeding position: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2020_qualifying#Draw (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2020_qualifying#Draw)

So England are top seeds alongside the other three group A winners and everyone else is seeded according to where they finished.
 
I sort of get what happens with the playoffs and the groups but I don't get what happens if/when all the winners from group a qualify. It's very convoluted.
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Post by: EOLAN on November 19, 2018, 10:04:38 AM
Also, there will be a pathway for a team from each of the Four Leagues/Divisions to qualify after the initial qualifying process. So say Wales and Demark both qualify through the standard qualification group. Does that mean Ireland (Republic of) automatically get into the play-offs as the next team from that group; or is it ranked on the performance in the group. If another team had two points to Ireland's one - would they get the spot ahead of them or is it based on the qualification of teams within each group?
Just as I thought I was getting a handle on things.
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 19, 2018, 01:03:16 PM
Trying not to get overhyped but England are actually starting to look quite good now, aren't they? I still don't think they have enough to win a major tournament without a huge amount of luck, but suddenly there is a bit of depth in most positions - players like Chilwell and Gomez have been revelations, coming from nowhere to really be first picks now. Gomez in particular has it all, if he stays injury-free that looks like a really top-class partnership with Stones. Still lacking a really dominant creative midfielder to control games, but the options in attacking mid are mad and Kane proved once again yesterday that even when playing pretty poorly he's still liable to nick the goal.

How many times in the past, when Croatia went in front having been dominated, would England have just completely lost hope and reverted to lumping it forward? Yesterday the Croatia goal only seemed to spur us on, and even though the equaliser came late it really felt like the winner was coming.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 19, 2018, 01:13:23 PM
The formation we play does mask the lack of decent defensive minded midfielders or even imposing continuity players we have. The centre backs these days distribute the ball well, the wing backs can tuck in.

I don't think it gets the most out of Kane but he is always liable to score at set pieces and he has improved his hold up play and wins us free kicks with his weird going down in stages diving that always looks like an actual foul has been committed.

I think we are way off the likes of France, Belgium, Spain at the moment. Germany are going through a difficult period but their side should be trashing teams like ours. Fortunately in tournaments you just need to beat what's in front of you and we got a nice draw that ensured that really, we should have reached the final. Getting that Sweden team in the quarters was one of the greatest gifts on a plate we'll get this century.
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Post by: Captain Z on November 19, 2018, 01:40:55 PM
Thanks for this! And sorry for being dense, but one thing I can't quite get my head around: if x team wins the Nations League and qualifies for their group then no need for a playoff with them in it. But if x team doesn't qualify through the groups and wins the Nations League and then goes into the playoffs, doesn't that add an extra team in the mix for the playoffs? How does that not unbalance things? Or does someone from the group stages that otherwise would have gone into a playoff spot miss out?

There are no more playoffs in the traditional Euro 2020 (and beyond) qualifying groups, 1st and 2nd place automatically qualify and that's it. Those playoffs are replaced by the Nations League A, B, C, D playoffs instead. Ten groups with 2 qualifiers and 4 Nations League playoff winners makes 24 teams in total.

I still can't find any explanation of what will happen when, inevitably, all 12 of the teams in league A have qualified via the traditional route anyway. Presumably the places will go to the next-best performing teams from section B, but I'm guessing several of them will have qualified also.

If UEFA persist with the pan-Europe format of Euro 2020 I can soon see the tournament being binned completely in favour of the Nations League.
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Post by: Thursday on November 19, 2018, 01:49:37 PM

If UEFA persist with the pan-Europe format of Euro 2020 I can soon see the tournament being binned completely in favour of the Nations League.

That's the 2nd time I've seen the suggestion that the 2020 format might become the norm, and I've no idea what it's based on.

Euro 2024 is already confirmed to be Germany, I believe.

Also

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Former UEFA President Michel Platini said the tournament being hosted in several nations is a "romantic" one-off event to celebrate the 60th "birthday" of the European Championship competition

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Post by: Utter Shit on November 19, 2018, 01:51:08 PM
I don't think it gets the most out of Kane but he is always liable to score at set pieces and he has improved his hold up play and wins us free kicks with his weird going down in stages diving that always looks like an actual foul has been committed.

It continues to fly under the radar because he's scoring plenty, but Kane's all-round game has been very average for the best part of two years now. He's nowhere near the player he was prior to his ankle injury and, with this amount of time having passed, I suppose the reality is he probably never will be.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 19, 2018, 01:53:38 PM
It continues to fly under the radar because he's scoring plenty, but Kane's all-round game has been very average for the best part of two years now. He's nowhere near the player he was prior to his ankle injury and, with this amount of time having passed, I suppose the reality is he probably never will be.

He's still banging them in a ruining my weekends.
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Post by: bgmnts on November 19, 2018, 02:16:59 PM
Yeah who give's a shit if he's an average footballer, he bangs em in. The cunt.

I can't think of many world class strikers who are/were the best footballer on the pitch, in terms of number of goals scored anyway.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 19, 2018, 03:34:55 PM
Another Spurs legend

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-46261574 (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-46261574)
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 19, 2018, 03:45:19 PM
Yeah who give's a shit if he's an average footballer, he bangs em in. The cunt.

I can't think of many world class strikers who are/were the best footballer on the pitch, in terms of number of goals scored anyway.

True, but a couple of years ago he had everything - an astonishing work rate, played in a somewhat withdrawn, creative role while still scoring shitloads of goals, held the ball up well, brought others into play...he really was the complete striker.

He still does all of those things to some extent, but the only element which is really at the same level is the goalscoring. Now part of that is down to Pochettino changing the system, but IMO his overall performance levels have been noticeably lower since early 2017 - it coincided with his return from an ankle injury he got against Millwall IIRC - and it's hard to believe after this amount of time has passed that it's still tiredness or a short-term consequence of the injury. I suspect he's just not quite as mobile as he was, and now focuses more on the goalscoring.

It's testament to how good he is that I can even find room to criticise him when his run of 'poor form' features a World Cup golden boot and a 45 goal season, but I think most Tottenham fans will tell you the same.
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Post by: im barry bethel on November 19, 2018, 04:21:10 PM
Oh Gazza, don't think there's a Rooney recall for Gascoigne now
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 19, 2018, 04:22:24 PM
Oh Gazza, don't think there's a Rooney recall for Gascoigne now

He groped my sister in a nightclub once, but that could've been David Batty.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 19, 2018, 04:24:46 PM
Zidane levels in terms of career ending moments

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In all Batty gained 42 caps, making his final appearance for England in the 0–0 draw with Poland in 1999, where he was sent off in the 84th minute of the game

I guess a successful punditry/management career followed?

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Since his retirement Batty has featured in 'The Match', in which a team of former professionals faced a team of celebrities in a charity match staged at Newcastle's St James' Park ground.[11]

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Post by: Chollis on November 19, 2018, 05:12:38 PM
Another Spurs legend

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-46261574 (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-46261574)

definitely a Spurs thing ain't it
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 19, 2018, 05:55:12 PM
There's certainly an issue that too often the pressure to provide goals for England rests entirely on Kane - neither Rashford or Sterling give much confidence of being able to put away a chance in a crucial moment. So when Kane struggles to get into form (as seen in the WC vs Colombia and Croatia), then there's a problem.
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Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on November 19, 2018, 08:27:50 PM
There's an awful lot of effing and jeffing coming from the Irish bench on Sky Sports. I think I've heard the fuck word 4 or 5 times now. Great stuff. 8/10
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Post by: imitationleather on November 19, 2018, 09:35:46 PM
2:2.

Scenes, Clive.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 19, 2018, 09:46:06 PM
2:2.

Scenes, Clive.

Hahaha

In fairness we needed a few games like tonight and the other night when some shit team called England won to create some sort of buzz.

The idea the German players would be arguing with each other on the pitch over a Nations League loss would seem fanciful a while ago.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 19, 2018, 11:38:33 PM
2:2.

Scenes, Clive.

Allez!! Oh, ffs.

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Post by: DrGreggles on November 20, 2018, 07:09:02 AM
There's an awful lot of effing and jeffing coming from the Irish bench on Sky Sports. I think I've heard the fuck word 4 or 5 times now. Great stuff. 8/10

Is Aldo back?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Captain Z on November 20, 2018, 01:03:38 PM
Allez les Oranjes
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Post by: hermitical on November 20, 2018, 03:42:15 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46273301 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46273301)

Didn't see this but sounds like a touching moment (not in that way)
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Post by: kalowski on November 20, 2018, 06:56:47 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46273301 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46273301)

Didn't see this but sounds like a touching moment (not in that way)
Well they are touching.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Squink on November 20, 2018, 08:30:41 PM
Enjoying the names of some of the scorers in tonight's FA Cup games. Harry Bunn, Herbie Kane, Alfie May. Classic. Keep it up lads.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on November 20, 2018, 08:34:20 PM
Enjoying the names of some of the scorers in tonight's FA Cup games. Harry Bunn, Herbie Kane, Alfie May. Classic. Keep it up lads.

The mighty Norwood knocks in his 15th of the season.
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Post by: Cuellar on November 20, 2018, 08:35:12 PM
Tell you what this ref in the Wales Albania game is a tit
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Post by: chveik on November 20, 2018, 08:37:53 PM
Neymar and Mbappe injured, Liverpool fans must be pleased
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Post by: Thursday on November 20, 2018, 09:17:38 PM
Feel like Portugal have been missing someone, can't think who.
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Post by: chveik on November 21, 2018, 12:18:34 AM
Feel like Portugal have been missing someone, can't think who.

too busy posting here
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 21, 2018, 12:29:30 AM
too busy posting here

Portugal’s loss is CaB’s gain.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 21, 2018, 11:09:36 AM
O'Neill and Keane GONE
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Post by: drummersaredeaf on November 21, 2018, 12:49:22 PM
Perhaps an opportunity to point to the Top Flight Time Machine podcast that has made Keane the focus of lots of its japes. Dawson somehow comes across as less funny than on Mince, but Delaney's impression of Keane genuinely amuses me.
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Post by: imitationleather on November 21, 2018, 01:23:18 PM
I am watching which clueless dinosaur(s) the FAI appoint next with interest.
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 21, 2018, 01:49:28 PM
Perhaps an opportunity to point to the Top Flight Time Machine podcast that has made Keane the focus of lots of its japes. Dawson somehow comes across as less funny than on Mince, but Delaney's impression of Keane genuinely amuses me.

TFTM is pretty good, I think.
Nowhere near as good as Mince, but it doesn't have Bob Mortimer on it so obviously can't be.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on November 21, 2018, 01:51:28 PM
I am watching which clueless dinosaur(s) the FAI appoint next with interest.

Mick may be back for the Mick
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Post by: drummersaredeaf on November 21, 2018, 01:55:10 PM
It's alright, yeah. I've enjoyed the Keane book ones, but it's always Delaney's impressions that amuse me.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 21, 2018, 04:19:01 PM
I am watching which clueless dinosaur(s) the FAI appoint next with interest.

Redknapp in!
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Post by: im barry bethel on November 22, 2018, 06:00:33 PM
I am watching which clueless dinosaur(s) the FAI appoint next with interest.

Needs a proper Irish proper football man like Tony Cascarino
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Post by: chveik on November 23, 2018, 06:53:09 PM
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/football-leaks-doping-tests-and-real-madrid-a-1240035.html
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 24, 2018, 02:31:23 PM
Santiago Solari won every game as Real Madrid caretaker manager, so he got the gig permanently.
First game as full-time boss: twatted 3-0 by Eibar!
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Post by: Thursday on November 24, 2018, 02:39:03 PM
That's brilliant. Jose would be proud of that.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 24, 2018, 02:43:11 PM
Santiago Solari won every game as Real Madrid caretaker manager, so he got the gig permanently.
First game as full-time boss: twatted 3-0 by Eibar!

The games he won were 2 minnow teams and Vigo and Vallodolid, who are not doing great shakes this season. Come up against a class outfit like Eibar and they're taken apart, unsurprisingly.
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Post by: imitationleather on November 24, 2018, 06:21:53 PM
LADS
LADS
LADS
LADS
LADS
LADS
LADS

I just spent a solid forty-five minutes ejaculating. No mean feat when you're my age.
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Post by: Thursday on November 24, 2018, 06:30:46 PM
The plus side for me is I could just do something else instead of watching the game.

Fair weather fan? How dare you?!
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Post by: imitationleather on November 24, 2018, 06:32:06 PM
We may regret not taking our numerous opportunities to get a third. If Chelsea are that shit in the second half I will spend a month being Sarri's personal human ashtray.
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Post by: Mr Eggs on November 24, 2018, 07:03:09 PM
LADS
LADS
LADS
LADS
LADS
LADS
LADS

I just spent a solid forty-five minutes ejaculating. No mean feat when you're my age.

Are you now just a husk?
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Post by: garnish on November 24, 2018, 07:04:07 PM
Christ, even when they're winning 3-0 Spurs are still a tough team to watch.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 24, 2018, 07:07:17 PM
Any chance of Alonso scoring a hat trick? It’d really help me out, fantasy football wise.
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Post by: imitationleather on November 24, 2018, 09:10:47 PM
Pepper spray fired at the Boca Juniors team. Doesn't look like their final against River Plate will be going ahead.

Fucksake, I've ordered a pizza to eat while watching it and everything.
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Post by: Ted-Maul on November 24, 2018, 09:18:46 PM
Anyone watching the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors? So far the  kick-off's been delayed over 2 hours because the home fans surrounded the Boca teambus and smashed 5 windows sending glass everywhere. Boca players have been taken to hospital with eye injuries and some have been vomiting in the dressing room due to being exposed to tear gas.

Unsuprisingly, Boca are saying their players aren't in the best state (physical or mental) to be playing a final right now but the authourites and tv channels and advertising etc. want it to be played. Four doctors have written a letter saying they cannot say for sure that the players have glass in their corneas so the game should go ahead.

Loco.

edit - Yeah it would be even crazier to force a match after all this
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 24, 2018, 09:21:36 PM
Anyone watching the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors? So far the  kick-off's been delayed over 2 hours because the home fans surrounded the Boca teambus and smashed 5 windows sending glass everywhere. Boca players have been taken to hospital with eye injuries and some have been vomiting in the dressing room due to being exposed to tear gas.

Unsuprisingly, Boca are saying their players aren't in the best state (physical or mental) to be playing a final right now but the authourites and tv channels and advertising etc. want it to be played. Four doctors have written a letter saying they cannot say for sure that the players have glass in their corneas so the game should go ahead.

Loco.

edit - Yeah it would be even crazier to force a match after all this

I think imitation leather was going to watch this, but cannot be sure.
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Post by: Ted-Maul on November 24, 2018, 09:26:28 PM
Does anyone know if imitation leather is going to watch this?

I'm watching a Spanish stream so i cant really follow whats going on.... makes it more exciting somehow, although i am enjoying the split-screen shots of serious looking men in suits outside the away dressing-room on one side and a constant babe-cam the tv producers are broadcasting from the stadium
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Post by: jobotic on November 24, 2018, 09:28:01 PM
According to the BBC

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Three years ago, a Copa Libertadores last-16 tie between River and Boca Juniors was abandoned at half-time after Boca fans attacked the River players with pepper spray in the tunnel.

Boca were kicked out of the competition, while River were given a bye into the quarter-finals.

Fuck it then, give this one to Boca Juniors.
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Post by: imitationleather on November 24, 2018, 09:31:26 PM
I think imitation leather was going to watch this, but cannot be sure.

I was hoping to watch it because I think River Plate is a funny team name. A river with a plate on it. Whatever will they think of next?
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Post by: Ted-Maul on November 24, 2018, 09:48:15 PM
I think we are gonna have ourselves a game of football.... training cones have been laid on the pitch for the warm-up and everything. Sounds like CONMEBOL and FIFA are forcing it to go ahead even though neither team wants to play. I wonder if they will have the match to keep up appearances but then disqualify River Plate afterwards?
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 24, 2018, 10:03:10 PM
Ooh, that BT Sport film about Man U getting relegated might be worth a look.
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 24, 2018, 10:27:08 PM
I think we are gonna have ourselves a game of football.... training cones have been laid on the pitch for the warm-up and everything. Sounds like CONMEBOL and FIFA are forcing it to go ahead even though neither team wants to play. I wonder if they will have the match to keep up appearances but then disqualify River Plate afterwards?

Postponed until tomorrow
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Post by: imitationleather on November 24, 2018, 10:30:43 PM
I wonder if River are going to end up being thrown out of the competition. Why didn't they wait until after the trophy was in the bag to do this? They were so clearly going to win. Nnnngh!
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Post by: imitationleather on November 24, 2018, 10:41:27 PM
Game postponed until 8pm tomorrow. <Mournfully places all in-game snacks back in to the cupboard.>
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 25, 2018, 06:41:23 PM
And postponed again!
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Post by: New Jack on November 25, 2018, 07:31:53 PM
Fuckin love River me. I'm well a River guy. Shame. Dig a bit of River
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Post by: imitationleather on November 26, 2018, 11:12:41 AM
Fuckin love River me. I'm well a River guy. Shame. Dig a bit of River

I've seen a river before and I liked it. Scared of bridges, though. If they were called Bridge Plate they could get fucked.

It's an issue I saw a therapist for two years about. Made absolutely zero progress. You try to make me walk across a bridge and you and I are seriously going to fall out.

More sizzling hot football analysis of this type to come if this game ever happens.
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Post by: drummersaredeaf on November 26, 2018, 06:09:14 PM
Article in the Observer yesterday. Are they gearing up for a Dario expose?

I hate Crewe. Hard to imagine them being able to keep up with their business model when a) bigger teams now run better youth systems; and b) your youth system was full of nonces. Good riddance.

Super Dario World: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/nov/25/dario-gradi-barry-bennell-crewe-alexandra-football-abuse-scandal
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Post by: finnquark on November 27, 2018, 03:11:41 PM
(http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/PA-8614427.jpg)

Finally Sol gets his chance.
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Post by: imitationleather on November 27, 2018, 04:06:16 PM
(http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/PA-8614427.jpg)

Finally Sol gets his chance.

Ugh. I was having a good day (well, better than completely awful, anyway) until I saw that picture.
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 27, 2018, 10:41:21 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/nov/27/copa-libertadores-final-moved-from-argentina-as-boca-demand-river-thrown-out
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Post by: Rolf Lundgren on November 27, 2018, 11:21:53 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-46357130

Love this story because it reminds me Ivor Broadis is still alive. It's crazy to think this bloke who scored at the 1954 World Cup, older than Billy Wright, Nat Lofthouse and Johnny Haynes and a contemporary of Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews, all players who belong to a very distant past and surely dead for a good 20 years, is still going.

His Wikipedia also shares the interesting facts that he still is the youngest ever player manager (aged 23) and the first manager to sell himself. Also his real name is Ivan but one time somebody called him Ivor and it stuck. Imagine not caring about people saying your name right and then fully embracing the one they've given you.

Nice of the woman in the story to remember to give him back his shirt. I hope she washed it.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 27, 2018, 11:56:37 PM
Growing up a football fan in Cumbria, Ivor is regarded as something of a local legend (despite the Cockney accent he never lost) and I think I'm right in saying he's the oldest living capped England player.

I believe he was succeeded as manager of Carlisle by Bill Shankly. He did alright for himself too.
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Post by: DrGreggles on November 28, 2018, 12:37:14 AM
Love this story because it reminds me Ivor Broadis is still alive.

Also still alive:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46363865
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 28, 2018, 12:38:53 AM
Do you think there'll be a BBC story in 50 years time featuring Crouchy - getting the freedom of the city in Stoke?
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 28, 2018, 12:41:05 AM
Growing up a football fan in Cumbria, Ivor is regarded as something of a local legend (despite the Cockney accent he never lost) and I think I'm right in saying he's the oldest living capped England player.

I believe he was succeeded as manager of Carlisle by Bill Shankly. He did alright for himself too.

Played with a young Alex Ferguson, apparently, both scoring in a 7-1 demolition of Queen's Park, wikipedia informs. Amazing.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 28, 2018, 12:00:02 PM
Played with a young Alex Ferguson, apparently, both scoring in a 7-1 demolition of Queen's Park, wikipedia informs. Amazing.
Ivor played for Queen of the South, Ferguson for Queen's Park.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 28, 2018, 12:42:04 PM
Ivor played for Queen of the South, Ferguson for Queen's Park.

Still amazing.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 28, 2018, 08:09:34 PM
24 mins gone, Villa 2 - 3 Notts Forest

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Post by: bgmnts on November 28, 2018, 08:20:50 PM
Getting knocked out the champs league is bad enough but having to watch the cunt Neymar fall around for 90 minutes is a punishment reserved for the highest circle of hell.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 28, 2018, 08:23:36 PM
Villa equalise, 3-3, Abrahams hat-trick. Wish he was back at Bristol C.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 28, 2018, 09:20:11 PM
4-4 Abraham with his 4th

Crabwalk 2-3 Bristol C
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Post by: monolith on November 28, 2018, 09:25:34 PM
Shame about the red card, no chance of a comeback now, 6-4 more likely. Mental match though.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 28, 2018, 09:28:57 PM
5-5

Mickey Quinn vs. John Aldridge (Newcastle 6-6 Tranmere Rovers) was the last game I remember like this - although that was 3-3 in normal and 3-3 in extra time.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 28, 2018, 09:39:48 PM
Lolley got 4 assists and 1 goal.
Abraham got 4 goals and 1 assist.
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Post by: Queneau on November 28, 2018, 09:47:03 PM
We should have won that. Second disallowed goal should have stood. Real score: Villa 6 - Forest 5.
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Post by: Crabwalk on November 28, 2018, 09:56:53 PM
Ipswich to be playing third tier football for the first time in 60+ years next season. Heartbreaking to watch our slow death this past 15 years. New low after new low.

At least Norwich aren’t doing well.

Oh.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 28, 2018, 10:01:16 PM
Ipswich to be playing third tier football for the first time in 60+ years next season. Heartbreaking to watch our slow death this past 15 years. New low after new low.

At least Norwich aren’t doing well.

Oh.

Heady days of hope and glory

OK soccer fans, here's my shot in the dark:

Division Dull:

1 Man Utd
2 Chelsea
3 Arsenal
4 Liverpool
5 Aston Villa
6 Tottenham
7 Everton
8 West Ham
9 Manchester City
10 Newcastle United
11 Middlesbrough
12 Portsmouth
13 West Bromwich Albion
14 Sunderland
15 Stoke City
16 Fulham
17 Wigan
----------------------
18 Blackburn Rovers
19 Bolton Wanderers
20 Hull City


League Shite:

1 Birmingham City
2 Reading
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3 Ipswich Town
4 Sheffield United
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers
6 Crystal Palace
-----------------------
7 Charlton Athletic
8 Bristol City
9 Queens Park Rangers
10 Cardiff City
11 Watford
12 Southampton
13 Burnley
14 Swansea City
15 Plymouth Argyle
16 Nottingham Forest
17 Sheffield Wednesday
18 Derby County
19 Coventry City
20 Preston North End
21 Doncaster Rovers
--------------------------
22 Norwich City
23 Blackpool
24 Barnsley

Ipswich to win play-offs. Come on you Blues.

To be fair, you got Norwich's position bang on.

ps. oops, replied to this in the original thread. dang.
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Post by: Squink on November 28, 2018, 10:09:30 PM
ps. oops, replied to this in the original thread. dang.

Lovely to see that old thread. I think the memories of Mickey Quinn vs. John Aldridge got you all twitchy. Understandable.
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Post by: Crabwalk on November 28, 2018, 10:21:30 PM
Heady days of hope and glory

To be fair, you got Norwich's position bang on.

ps. oops, replied to this in the original thread. dang.

Picked four from the top six too. Pity we weren’t one of them!
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Post by: Jockice on November 28, 2018, 10:31:28 PM
Growing up a football fan in Cumbria, Ivor is regarded as something of a local legend (despite the Cockney accent he never lost) and I think I'm right in saying he's the oldest living capped England player.

I believe he was succeeded as manager of Carlisle by Bill Shankly. He did alright for himself too.

Indeed. I lived in Carlisle from 1973-76 and he was a well-known name then. I had no idea he was still alive. Good for him.
Of course being in the border city at the time means I was there for the team's only ever top-flight season, when they topped the league after winning their first three games.

I saw them several times that season with my dad and was particularly thrilled by seeing them play the mighty Leeds and especially when Billy Bremner took a throw in from near where I was standing. I can still remember the names of most of the Carlisle team from that season.

I haven't been to Brunton Park since my folks moved elsewhere, although my sister and niece still live there but I still have a very soft spot for the club. And of course the Jimmy Glass goal is one of the greatest moments in sporting history. Worldwide
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Post by: koeman on November 28, 2018, 11:30:19 PM
We should have won that. Second disallowed goal should have stood. Real score: Villa 6 - Forest 5.

Never a sending off. Real score: Villa 4 - Forest 7.
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Post by: bigfatheart on November 29, 2018, 12:10:54 AM
Went to watch Derby at Stoke. Lost 2-1 against ten men, with Tom Ince doing the mandatory 'score against your old club' thing, our captain getting stretchered off, Bradley Johnson LOSING HIS FUCKING MIND and biting Joe Allen, and Gary 'future of English management' Rowett getting to do his smug thing, all the while reminding us of last season by somehow getting a win despite not allowing a single player to stray into the opposition half. Now the latest humiliating thing to be attached to us is that we waved a bunch of inflatable snakes around impotently before we got royally fucked - add that to the pile with the 11 points, serial bottlers, team that sold Will Hughes for £4 million (thanks again, Gary!). My oh-so-witty-and-deliciously-ironic 'Derby reject' chant at Jack Butland failed to catch on, because everyone was too busy frothing at the mouth at the fact that James McClean was trampling all over ARE BRAVE BOYS, so long as you allow the pitch to stand as a metaphor for ARE BRAVE BOYS (and it's obvious you should), and then it got announced over the speaker that the A50 back to Derby was closed. Finally get in to find out Forest have gone above us in the table because of a fucking ten-goal thriller.

But apart from that, it was a good game.
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Post by: Captain Z on November 29, 2018, 12:32:16 AM
I thought Spurs hadn't bought anyone but I keep hearing this new player Chris Genericson being mentioned?
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 29, 2018, 12:40:31 AM
Indeed. I lived in Carlisle from 1973-76 and he was a well-known name then. I had no idea he was still alive. Good for him.
Of course being in the border city at the time means I was there for the team's only ever top-flight season, when they topped the league after winning their first three games.

I saw them several times that season with my dad and was particularly thrilled by seeing them play the mighty Leeds and especially when Billy Bremner took a throw in from near where I was standing. I can still remember the names of most of the Carlisle team from that season.

I haven't been to Brunton Park since my folks moved elsewhere, although my sister and niece still live there but I still have a very soft spot for the club. And of course the Jimmy Glass goal is one of the greatest moments in sporting history. Worldwide

Seen both Shrewsbury and Tranmere play there and it's one of my favourite grounds.
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Post by: Crabwalk on November 29, 2018, 06:24:02 AM
Went to watch Derby at Stoke. Lost 2-1 against ten men, with Tom Ince doing the mandatory 'score against your old club' thing, our captain getting stretchered off, Bradley Johnson LOSING HIS FUCKING MIND and biting Joe Allen, and Gary 'future of English management' Rowett getting to do his smug thing, all the while reminding us of last season by somehow getting a win despite not allowing a single player to stray into the opposition half. Now the latest humiliating thing to be attached to us is that we waved a bunch of inflatable snakes around impotently before we got royally fucked - add that to the pile with the 11 points, serial bottlers, team that sold Will Hughes for £4 million (thanks again, Gary!). My oh-so-witty-and-deliciously-ironic 'Derby reject' chant at Jack Butland failed to catch on, because everyone was too busy frothing at the mouth at the fact that James McClean was trampling all over ARE BRAVE BOYS, so long as you allow the pitch to stand as a metaphor for ARE BRAVE BOYS (and it's obvious you should), and then it got announced over the speaker that the A50 back to Derby was closed. Finally get in to find out Forest have gone above us in the table because of a fucking ten-goal thriller.

But apart from that, it was a good game.

You got to see a fantastic leg-breaker and brawl though.

Can we have Martyn Waghorn back please?
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 29, 2018, 09:39:59 AM
What a baffling team we are. Absolute rubbish all season, then suddenly we've kicked into gear with two excellent performances in four days.

It also cannot be underlined enough how good Sissoko has been over the past month. Fuck knows where it has come from but he seems to have worked out how to mask his deficiencies and just looks like an incredible box-to-box merchant at the moment. He's become a cult hero all of a sudden, it's great.
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Post by: bigfatheart on November 29, 2018, 10:22:46 AM
You got to see a fantastic leg-breaker and brawl though.

Can we have Martyn Waghorn back please?

Sadly, from where I was behind the goal I didn't have a fantastic view of it - the 'tackle' itself was obscured by the woodwork, and the brawl was exciting but indistinct.

Sorry, no deal - Waghorn's been pretty good for us so far, I know from being nosy and checking Ipswich's forum that it looks like we signed him and then stuck him on the bench forever, but he played a big part in the good run we were on a few games back. The end of that run coincided with him picking up a knock and missing a few games - last night was his first game back and if he's fit enough, I'd put him back in the starting line-up. You're welcome to take Tom Lawrence back, though - too inconsistent and the only surprise when there's a leg-breaking tackle is that it's not him putting it in.
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Post by: Crabwalk on November 29, 2018, 01:12:17 PM
Great, if you could loan us Lawrence in January that'd be great. I'll send a fax over.
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Post by: drummersaredeaf on November 29, 2018, 01:59:33 PM
If it's any consolation, Gary isn't liked by our lot either. I routinely join in with the 'your football is shit' chants. The risk is he somehow has a decent second half of the season and we finish 7th or something giving him another crack at promotion.

I didn't really want him, but decided to give him a chance and he had me onside for the first 2-3 games, but it quickly became apparent that he doesn't know what he's doing. At least Lambert/Pulis had a stamp on the team. We seem to change system every week, and never look convincing in spite of spunking a hell of a lot on his players.
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Post by: bigfatheart on November 29, 2018, 02:38:28 PM
He's ended seasons pretty badly with both us* and Birmingham, so you might be in luck, as long as 'badly' translates to a disappointing mid-table finish rather than relegation.

*Although obviously everyone has with us

Much as I can't stand the man I'm a little surprised how badly he's doing at Stoke. Obviously his football's atrocious, but with us he had a ratio of roughly 10% 'everything clicks and we blow a team away from the safety of our own half', 60% 'playing poorly but holding our own and usually grinding out a win or (post-Christmas) a draw' and 30% 'getting battered by Sunderland or fucking Burton'. Not enough for promotion, but respectable. This season he seems to be doing all the stuff he does badly even worse than usual, and none of the stuff he's actually good at.
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Post by: hermitical on November 29, 2018, 03:39:02 PM
You going to the Derby - Forest game? I'll be there, taking my younger twin brothers as a Christmas gift.
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Post by: Jockice on November 29, 2018, 03:42:22 PM
You going to the Derby - Forest game? I'll be there, taking my younger twin brothers as a Christmas gift.

And I'm sure the players will really appreciate them.
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Post by: drummersaredeaf on November 29, 2018, 03:57:26 PM
My concern is the lack of clear identity really. Pulis had 4411, a distrust of kiddies, and set pieces; Les had 4231 with inverted wingers and occasional successful variations thereon. Gary has a 433 without the wide players for it, and it becomes 451 without the striker for it. He's spunked a lot of cash on players that look nothing like fitting into any system he wants to employ. McClean is the textbook Pulis winger, and Afobe can obviously score goals, but I presume needs a team playing high with players and the ball near him.  We've also got more central midfielders than Harry Redknapp's wettest transfer window dreams yet look susceptible to being both overrun and lacking in any real creativity. An utter shitshow in reality. Should be one of the easiest jobs in football.
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Post by: hermitical on November 29, 2018, 04:00:18 PM
And I'm sure the players will really appreciate them.

You haven't seen my brothers......
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Post by: Utter Shit on November 29, 2018, 04:18:33 PM
Sol Campbell: 'I didn't look at where the club was, but it was really easy for me to get the job, so I took it'.

Good start, Sol.
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Post by: Chollis on November 29, 2018, 04:48:13 PM
Getting knocked out the champs league is bad enough but having to watch the cunt Neymar fall around for 90 minutes is a punishment reserved for the highest circle of hell.

Beat Napoli 1-0 or by 2 goals if they score and we're through. Really made it hard for ourselves though. Red Star fuckin Belgrade...
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Post by: bigfatheart on November 29, 2018, 05:16:08 PM
You going to the Derby - Forest game? I'll be there, taking my younger twin brothers as a Christmas gift.

I am, yeah. Still bitter about missing last year's because of stupid friends getting stupid married. Quite nervous about it - it's been a few years since both teams have been evenly matched, and Karanka always had a habit of beating us when he was at Middlesbrough.

My concern is the lack of clear identity really. Pulis had 4411, a distrust of kiddies, and set pieces; Les had 4231 with inverted wingers and occasional successful variations thereon. Gary has a 433 without the wide players for it, and it becomes 451 without the striker for it. He's spunked a lot of cash on players that look nothing like fitting into any system he wants to employ. McClean is the textbook Pulis winger, and Afobe can obviously score goals, but I presume needs a team playing high with players and the ball near him.  We've also got more central midfielders than Harry Redknapp's wettest transfer window dreams yet look susceptible to being both overrun and lacking in any real creativity. An utter shitshow in reality. Should be one of the easiest jobs in football.

Interesting - with us Rowett played 4231 until it stopped working, and then went 3241 for the last few games of the season. Not pretty but you could see what he was doing and it never felt like he was putting square pegs in round holes. I wonder if not taking Kevin Summerfield with him has hampered him? That'd seem to be the major difference that I can see.

Also worth noting that he didn't really have huge amounts to spend here, so mostly had to make do with players in their 30s whose clubs were hard-up for cash (hello Hull City). Good short-term signings, not so good in the long run and a bit of a bugger for a team who largely sells to buy. Maybe he's gone a bit kid in a sweet shop?
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 29, 2018, 05:28:28 PM
Beat Napoli 1-0 or by 2 goals if they score and we're through. Really made it hard for ourselves though. Red Star fuckin Belgrade...

Sound entitled there
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 29, 2018, 05:47:19 PM
Indeed. I lived in Carlisle from 1973-76 and he was a well-known name then. I had no idea he was still alive. Good for him.
Of course being in the border city at the time means I was there for the team's only ever top-flight season, when they topped the league after winning their first three games.

I saw them several times that season with my dad and was particularly thrilled by seeing them play the mighty Leeds and especially when Billy Bremner took a throw in from near where I was standing. I can still remember the names of most of the Carlisle team from that season.

I haven't been to Brunton Park since my folks moved elsewhere, although my sister and niece still live there but I still have a very soft spot for the club. And of course the Jimmy Glass goal is one of the greatest moments in sporting history. Worldwide
I think the first game I attended that involved professional footballers was at Brunton Park, when Derby visited for a pre-season friendly in what must have been 1988. My dad somehow got a couple of freebies in the main stand and I was very excited to see Mark Wright and (especially) Peter Shilton play.

These days, the ground has the most terracing left of any in the football league (you can stand on three sides of the ground, though the side behind one of the goals is only opened when absolutely necessary) and you can enjoy a folly of the Knighton years: a stand that doesn't match the touchline of the pitch. The plan had been to move the whole place about 20 foot up, but when the cash bonanza promised didn't arrive, that was the end of that plan.

Not long after the place was flooded 12 or so years ago, I interviewed the groundsman for "Football Stadium Management" magazine (as exciting as it sounds). Nice guy and very skilled at his job.
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Post by: Jockice on November 29, 2018, 06:52:36 PM
But does it still have the Ken Bailey lookalike putting the stuffed fox on the centrespot before every game? Even as a nine-year-old I thought that was weird.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 29, 2018, 07:06:42 PM
But does it still have the Ken Bailey lookalike putting the stuffed fox on the centrespot before every game? Even as a nine-year-old I thought that was weird.
Dunno about that, as it's over 20 years since I was last there, but I remember seeing a pic somewhere of three descendants of John Peel (huntsman by day, DJ by night) stood in front of the main stand with said fox.
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Post by: Jockice on November 29, 2018, 07:15:59 PM
Dunno about that, as it's over 20 years since I was last there, but I remember seeing a pic somewhere of three descendants of John Peel (huntsman by day, DJ by night) stood in front of the main stand with said fox.

Well this was over 40 years ago but apparently they brought the fox out of mothballs around a decade ago. I hope it's the original one. I hate foxhunting.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 29, 2018, 07:48:39 PM
Well this was over 40 years ago but apparently they brought the fox out of mothballs around a decade ago. I hope it's the original one. I hate foxhunting.
I seem to recall the fox was called Olga. Can you see what they did there? Cumbrian wit for you there, fella.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 29, 2018, 07:51:03 PM
here you go

https://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/2016/february/history-the-story-of-olga-the-fox/ (https://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/2016/february/history-the-story-of-olga-the-fox/)
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Post by: Chollis on November 29, 2018, 08:04:20 PM
Sound entitled there

i am
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 29, 2018, 08:05:06 PM
here you go

https://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/2016/february/history-the-story-of-olga-the-fox/ (https://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/2016/february/history-the-story-of-olga-the-fox/)

Pff. I'll stick with what I heard growing up, if you don't mind, over the word of some old biffa from Dalston. You can keep your so-called "evidence".
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Post by: finnquark on November 29, 2018, 08:10:35 PM
Ipswich to be playing third tier football for the first time in 60+ years next season. Heartbreaking to watch our slow death this past 15 years. New low after new low.

At least Norwich aren’t doing well.

Oh.

I went with a West Brom supporting mate last Friday night, and Ipswich put in probably the most listless performance I've seen in the flesh for a very long time. It's such a shame, as the stadium is beautiful and they're such a storied club. It was really misty and the sight of the stadium looming up when I came out of the train station was lovely.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 29, 2018, 08:26:16 PM
Incroyable

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UuvIcHbWAo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UuvIcHbWAo)

Rodez 1 - 2 PSG feminine.

3 pennos.

PSG get two identikit pennos near the end (handball, same player crossing, same player handling, same position on the pitch). Got to feel sorry for the player, she was just protecting her face both times.
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Post by: Jockice on November 29, 2018, 08:28:25 PM
Seen both Shrewsbury and Tranmere play there and it's one of my favourite grounds.

When my folks and I moved away my sister, who was 18, stayed there and rented a flat on Warwick Road, from which you could see the entire pitch. I think i actually did watch a couple of matches from there. Unfortunately my sis has no interest in football and do soon moved to a flat on a chicken farm. Which wasn't nearly as much fun.
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Post by: jobotic on November 29, 2018, 08:39:20 PM
Been to Carlisle twice to see Gillingham. They beat us 5-0 and 2-0. What a team.

I liked the Howard Arms though.

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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 29, 2018, 08:51:37 PM
Been to Carlisle twice to see Gillingham. They beat us 5-0 and 2-0. What a team.

I liked the Howard Arms though.

Hell of a journey to see your team get thrashed.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on November 29, 2018, 09:02:46 PM
Hell of a journey to see your team get thrashed.
Mate of my dad went from Workington to Exeter for an away game sometime in the early/mid 70s. Must have been best part of a 10 hour journey in those days. Maybe more. The local legend goes that Workington were voted out of the league (replaced by Wimbledon) because everyone else hated the long trip up there.
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Post by: finnquark on November 29, 2018, 09:20:25 PM
Longest trip I've done was Alty to Eastbourne Borough in 2010, lost 5-0. Ken McKenna's first game in charge, and I think we'd lost the first 9 or 10 before that. Weirdly, despite such a shit start, we would have stayed up at the end of the year if we'd beaten Eastbourne at home. We went 3-0 down in the first half, came back to 3-3, before our keeper gave us one more rick for the road in the 94th minute and we went down.
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Post by: jobotic on November 29, 2018, 09:32:06 PM
Hell of a journey to see your team get thrashed.

Yeah, not as hardcore as it sounds though as I have a mate who live in Carlisle at the time and we stayed at his for the weekend. 

I did do Burnley on a Tuesday night once but we won 3-0. Whatever happened to them?
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Post by: Blinder Data on November 29, 2018, 09:48:51 PM
Celtic win three European group games in a row! Get the bunting out
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Post by: The Lurker on November 29, 2018, 09:57:18 PM
Been to Carlisle twice to see Gillingham. They beat us 5-0 and 2-0. What a team.

I liked the Howard Arms though.
I’ve seen Marlon Harewood look like Messi at Brunton Park. He wore a rasta hat at the end of the game. I think it was his last match in pro-football too. What a way to bow out.

Hell of a journey to see your team get thrashed.

My furthest thrashing has to be watching Hartlepool at Stevenage. We lost 6-1. We went 1-0 up too and I thought “piece of piss, this.” Well, it was for Stevenage...
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Post by: Jockice on November 29, 2018, 10:06:28 PM
Celtic win three European group games in a row! Get the bunting out

It's out! Which we're not
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Post by: Crabwalk on November 30, 2018, 12:21:34 AM
I went with a West Brom supporting mate last Friday night, and Ipswich put in probably the most listless performance I've seen in the flesh for a very long time. It's such a shame, as the stadium is beautiful and they're such a storied club. It was really misty and the sight of the stadium looming up when I came out of the train station was lovely.

That was one of our best performances of the season (second half at least). Remember, Town started with a striker that was a back-up left winger for Crawley last season. West Brom brought Gareth Barry and Dwight Gayle off the bench.

1-2 was an impressive result for us. Our owner will probably put another star on the shirt.
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Post by: Bronzy on November 30, 2018, 12:55:09 AM
Rangers draw 0-0 with Villarreal after playing with 10 men for 45 minutes.

I reckon we should get a man sent off every week, we seem to do better with 10.

Though it is nice to know that it isn't just Scottish referees that are unbelievably awful.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 30, 2018, 12:30:38 PM
I don't even know what is going on anymore

River Plate and Boca Juniors will now play in....Madrid, Spain, Europe.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46392340 (https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46392340)

Lucky rich supporters eh! At such short notice too. Fantastic global elite mindset. Fuck everything.
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Post by: George Oscar Bluth II on November 30, 2018, 12:55:49 PM
To be fair, River Plate supporters sort of fucked it up for themselves didn't they.

Game shouldn't be played, trophy should be awarded to Boca. That's the scandal.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on November 30, 2018, 02:19:55 PM
To be fair, River Plate supporters sort of fucked it up for themselves didn't they.

Game shouldn't be played, trophy should be awarded to Boca. That's the scandal.

obviously, but still going ahead and placing the final on a different continent is bonkers (and the future).
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Post by: George Oscar Bluth II on November 30, 2018, 02:42:58 PM
Oh it's setting a precedent. Why not have the Champions League final at Giants Stadium in New York? Or in Doha? Tokyo? People in those places care about these teams too!

In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if the game is in Spain so that La Liga can use it to argue in favour of their demented plan to have a Girona v Barcelona competitive league game in Miami.
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Post by: Rolf Lundgren on November 30, 2018, 04:12:49 PM
That's crazy. I was expecting them to do it in Brazil or at least somewhere in the CONMEBOL region. Granted there probably isn't anywhere that fancied a group of angry Argentinians ready for a scrap to turn up on their doorstep but Madrid is ridiculous. There's a long list of things they could have done before this becomes the best option.
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Post by: Captain Z on November 30, 2018, 04:14:00 PM
(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/624/cpsprodpb/10FEF/production/_104551696_sanchez.jpg)

Already being pointed out by many, but I laughed at Alexis Sanchez having three photos of him and his dogs on his coffee table, two of them identical.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on November 30, 2018, 06:07:34 PM
Oh it's setting a precedent. Why not have the Champions League final at Giants Stadium in New York?

Because it was demolished in 2010?

The Jets play at MetLife Stadium now, as any fule kno.
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Post by: Olarrio on November 30, 2018, 08:04:20 PM
(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/624/cpsprodpb/10FEF/production/_104551696_sanchez.jpg)

Already being pointed out by many, but I laughed at Alexis Sanchez having three photos of him and his dogs on his coffee table, two of them identical.

Oh thank you, that's made me laugh so very much.
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Post by: finnquark on November 30, 2018, 10:18:35 PM
That was one of our best performances of the season (second half at least). Remember, Town started with a striker that was a back-up left winger for Crawley last season. West Brom brought Gareth Barry and Dwight Gayle off the bench.

1-2 was an impressive result for us. Our owner will probably put another star on the shirt.

I've seen a fair amount of WBA either live or on TV this year and that was the worst I've seen them play. They wasted a good few chances and good positions. Barry can't walk, and Gayle came on late for Robson-Kanu who is a donkey. Reckon you'll go down, or can Lambert save the day?
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Post by: phes on November 30, 2018, 10:54:54 PM
(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/624/cpsprodpb/10FEF/production/_104551696_sanchez.jpg)

Already being pointed out by many, but I laughed at Alexis Sanchez having three photos of him and his dogs on his coffee table, two of them identical.

Isn't that digital frames playing the same rotation of shots?
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Post by: jobotic on December 01, 2018, 06:12:41 PM
Fucking Utd. As soon as Southampton got a second you knew what would happen. God I hate them, and the Premiership is none of my business.

Better than City, mind.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 01, 2018, 07:47:30 PM
Good result for the Villa, delighted.
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Post by: Brian Freeze on December 01, 2018, 11:19:15 PM
Not much va va voom in Monaco nowadays. He must be regrrettting turning down the chance to work with Mr T.
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Post by: monolith on December 02, 2018, 12:30:51 AM
Fucking Utd. As soon as Southampton got a second you knew what would happen. God I hate them, and the Premiership is none of my business.

Better than City, mind.
They still only got a point against a struggling Southampton side. It's not like their run of bad form has all been against decent sides, they are dropping points all over the place. They'll be lucky to finish in the Europa league places at this rate, nevermind top 4.
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Post by: jobotic on December 02, 2018, 12:45:17 AM
I assumed, in a fit of pique, that they'd win. Like they do. Glad to have been wrong.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 02, 2018, 11:08:07 AM
They still only got a point against a struggling Southampton side. It's not like their run of bad form has all been against decent sides, they are dropping points all over the place. They'll be lucky to finish in the Europa league places at this rate, nevermind top 4.
It was a curious game in that it appeared that after half time, both teams settled for the draw.

With Arsenal and Liverpool in their next three games, it's a struggle to see where United are going to get any kind of form going. I expect another dreadful December to match last year and 2015 and the manager to be sacked by Easter.
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Post by: Thursday on December 02, 2018, 01:00:25 PM
Thing is Man Utd shouldn't expect a top 4 finish. It's what to aim for, for sure. But the top 2 are obviously City & Liverpool. While Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal would all feel they've got a better claim on 3rd and 4th at this point.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 02, 2018, 01:08:01 PM
Thing is Man Utd shouldn't expect a top 4 finish. It's what to aim for, for sure. But the top 2 are obviously City & Liverpool. While Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal would all feel they've got a better claim on 3rd and 4th at this point.
I don't know a single United fan who is expecting a top four finish now.

At the start of the season, I think it was a reasonable target, given they finished second with a very healthy points total last year. But it's pretty clear a lot of players have gone backwards (Matic, Lukaku), some can't be arsed with it (Pogba, Martial) and others have just been put in the reject bin (Bailly, Sanchez, maybe Fred).

Some exciting young players coming through, mind, but whether they'll ever get a shot in the first team with the current manager seems unlikely, which is something that pisses off a fair bit of the support.
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Post by: MuteBanana on December 02, 2018, 02:42:48 PM
Fucksake Arsenal are such a bunch of divas. Surprised they didn't come out carrying handbags.

2-1 Yiddo
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Post by: Thursday on December 02, 2018, 02:50:24 PM
#EmeryOut
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Post by: im barry bethel on December 02, 2018, 03:39:43 PM
#EmeryOut

You are awful
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Post by: bgmnts on December 02, 2018, 03:41:50 PM
Fair play to the Arse.
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Post by: Thursday on December 02, 2018, 03:42:13 PM
#EmeryIn
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Post by: MuteBanana on December 02, 2018, 03:44:34 PM
Absolute scumbags. See this every time. See the trick is to unsettle your opponents with constant whinging, handbags and fouls. Throw them off their game. Make them feel bullied. Then move in for the kill. Sickening.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 02, 2018, 03:46:48 PM
Arsenal v Spurs is always a good game.
I doubt the Merseyside derby will come close in terms of entertainment.
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Post by: lankyguy95 on December 02, 2018, 03:57:02 PM
Arsenal v Spurs is always a good game.
I doubt the Merseyside derby will come close in terms of entertainment.
Well it has been a foregone conclusion for the last eight years.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 02, 2018, 06:08:24 PM
DIVOCK ORIGI


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAA

One of the best endings to a merseyside derby i've ever seen.
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Post by: Gulftastic on December 02, 2018, 06:08:31 PM
Comedy gold!
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Post by: kalowski on December 02, 2018, 06:13:14 PM
Pickford for England!
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Post by: Norton Canes on December 02, 2018, 06:18:55 PM
This is fantastic. In their past three league games, Liverpool have had a perfectly good opening goal against them ruled out, a correct penalty against them at 0-0 turned down, and now the opposition keeper has practically thrown the ball in for their winner. They remain two points behind Manchester City.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 02, 2018, 06:19:56 PM
Savage on Pickford's Howler

Quote
That's why we love football!! That's why it's the best game in the world!!

In the 3rd Merseyside derby of the day
Tranmere Slump 1 - 1 Southport

That's why I hate football!!
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Post by: dr beat on December 02, 2018, 06:22:17 PM
Thanks Pickford.

Thickford.
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Post by: thraxx on December 02, 2018, 06:52:18 PM

Fucking hate the shite so much. So jammy. We played well and many positives in the match. But that goal would have beeen horrible to take against anyone, but fuck me it had to be them.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 02, 2018, 06:57:52 PM
Fucking hate the shite so much. So jammy. We played well and many positives in the match. But that goal would have beeen horrible to take against anyone, but fuck me it had to be them.

Other opinions are available. ;-)

To be honest, I can't remember the last time Everton actively tried to win a match at Anfield. Made a refreshing change. Best team they've had in a LONG time.
I think we just about deserved to win, based on the chances created, but there's no doubt that was lucky as fuck a great training ground move worked to perfection.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 02, 2018, 06:59:17 PM
Fucking hate the shite so much. So jammy. We played well and many positives in the match. But that goal would have beeen horrible to take against anyone, but fuck me it had to be them.

'Twas amazing wasn't it?
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 02, 2018, 07:05:48 PM
Thanks Pickford.

Thickford.

Hate to link to them, but:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6140863/I-wont-blunder-like-Alisson-Pickford-vows-not-risks-like-Liverpool-goalkeeper.html
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Post by: thraxx on December 02, 2018, 07:39:26 PM
Other opinions are available. ;-)

To be honest, I can't remember the last time Everton actively tried to win a match at Anfield. Made a refreshing change. Best team they've had in a LONG time.
I think we just about deserved to win, based on the chances created, but there's no doubt that was lucky as fuck a great training ground move worked to perfection.

Oh, totally, but that just makes it even worse.  But yes, proud of the way everton played today, and to be honest Pickford was amazing for the rest of the match apart from that one bit.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 02, 2018, 07:42:53 PM
Not sure the goal was Pickford's fault anyway - it was just freakish.
Seen him getting blamed online, mainly for not being taller. Obviously that IS his fault...
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Post by: im barry bethel on December 02, 2018, 08:39:24 PM
and to be honest Pickford was amazing for the rest of the match apart from that one bit.

Always a problem for a keeper

Seen him getting blamed online, mainly for not being taller. Obviously that IS his parents fault...
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Post by: The Boston Crab on December 02, 2018, 10:07:26 PM
The default is expect to lose these days and has been since about 1990, but that's genuinely the best we've played in a derby for about fifteen years, if not more. For a team very very much still in the making against the second best in the league in strong form, I think we were very good. I also liked that we took it to the cunts, not in a headless chicken kind of frantic derby day way, but in a professional, intelligent, hard working, high pressing, fast counter attacking way. Liverpool had the better chances, certainly, but it was a close contest and a draw would have been well deserved away from home.

I HOPE ALL LIVERPOOL FANS GET EBOLA FOR CHRISTMAS
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 02, 2018, 10:13:14 PM
I HOPE ALL LIVERPOOL FANS GET EBOLA FOR CHRISTMAS

Fuck that, I want Subbuteo!
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 02, 2018, 11:23:08 PM
The default is expect to lose these days and has been since about 1990, but that's genuinely the best we've played in a derby for about fifteen years, if not more. For a team very very much still in the making against the second best in the league in strong form, I think we were very good. I also liked that we took it to the cunts, not in a headless chicken kind of frantic derby day way, but in a professional, intelligent, hard working, high pressing, fast counter attacking way. Liverpool had the better chances, certainly, but it was a close contest and a draw would have been well deserved away from home.

I HOPE ALL LIVERPOOL FANS GET EBOLA FOR CHRISTMAS

Ultimately meaningless. 1-0 defeat.
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Post by: SpiderChrist on December 03, 2018, 11:06:07 AM
Hughes gone

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46091577
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Post by: Head Gardener on December 03, 2018, 11:36:57 AM
(https://66.media.tumblr.com/9c9dad5c0178d13340bf4d29e20b5522/tumblr_pasgln9zbH1qav3uso1_540.gif)

a long way from Subbuteo (http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/post/175178588831/soccer-on-your-tabletop-research-from-the)
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Post by: Chollis on December 03, 2018, 12:10:39 PM
The most Everton thing that's ever happened? Can't remember ever laughing at a goal that much. Thanks Jordan and your tiny little T-Rex arms
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Post by: Blinder Data on December 03, 2018, 12:27:05 PM
The knickers-twisting over Klopp's celebration is utterly ridiculous. Hopefully he keeps pushing the envelope: running around the whole stadium, fist-pumping, diving into the crowds before arriving at opposition technical area and making a very professional handshake.
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Post by: imitationleather on December 03, 2018, 01:25:14 PM
I would like him to run straight in to the large hadron collider during one of his celebrations. Hopefully just after a 0:0 against Cardiff.
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Post by: im barry bethel on December 03, 2018, 05:35:11 PM
Hughes gone, Big Sam sits by the phone expectantly
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 03, 2018, 05:48:49 PM
Redknapp?
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 03, 2018, 05:54:25 PM
Alan Pardew cancels his plans for tonight.

David Moyes catches the first flight back home, cutting short his relaxing six month holiday in Tenerife.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 03, 2018, 06:00:42 PM
Definitely another windfall for the British Manager’s Club on the way.

Let’s get pissed and eat some owl.
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Post by: Bennett Brauer on December 03, 2018, 07:45:22 PM
Joe Kinnear can do a job in the dressing room as regards banter. Give him a one-month contract, he'll lift the lads.
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Post by: Captain Z on December 03, 2018, 08:02:32 PM
Could this be time for a local legend wildcard? Whats Matt le Tissier up to?
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 03, 2018, 08:07:27 PM
Could this be time for a local legend wildcard? Whats Matt le Tissier up to?
Having ker-razy mad bantz with Thommo, Kammy, "Jeff" and the others on Sky Sports every Saturday.
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Post by: imitationleather on December 03, 2018, 08:48:18 PM
Pochettino has some unfinished business down there. His first game back in charge will be a triumphant win against his former club.
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Post by: thraxx on December 03, 2018, 08:51:14 PM

IAN BRANFOOT to make a triumphant return.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 03, 2018, 10:56:42 PM
Hughes gone

First PL manager to be sacked twice in the same year.
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Post by: Thursday on December 04, 2018, 12:12:15 AM
Winning the Ballon d'Or at 33?

With Modric is possible

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46432933
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 04, 2018, 01:17:46 AM
I don't rate him. Anonymous in the World Cup. Past his peak 5 years ago.
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Post by: Head Gardener on December 04, 2018, 10:24:46 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/XAQBGBi.gif)
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Post by: Jittlebags on December 04, 2018, 10:59:14 AM
Joe Kinnear can do a job in the dressing room as regards banter. Give him a one-month contract, he'll lift the lads.

He could be the first British manager to have a heart attack at three different clubs.
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Post by: Satchmo Distel on December 04, 2018, 09:53:10 PM
Four if you count the strip club in which he finally dies.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 04, 2018, 10:17:59 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46448532

Messi fifth in Ballon Door? Is possible.

For sure future futbolar offer new challenge and continental skill. Yes - Ronalado open to future. Is realist.

Luka of Balkans win prize? Possible - for sure - But this hurt Ronalado while Ronalado SCORE first in many many competision 2018 and open whole world to futbol beautiful. Only with rape woman is happen.

Ronalado happy Greaseman and child Bappe down in voting - Forza Juve Wilinkson Sord

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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 05, 2018, 02:46:26 AM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46448532

Messi fifth in Ballon Door? Is possible.

For sure future futbolar offer new challenge and continental skill. Yes - Ronalado open to future. Is realist.

Luka of Balkans win prize? Possible - for sure - But this hurt Ronalado while Ronalado SCORE first in many many competision 2018 and open whole world to futbol beautiful. Only with rape woman is happen.

Ronalado happy Greaseman and child Bappe down in voting - Forza Juve Wilinkson Sord

So you are RONALADO right?

(is possible)
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Post by: bgmnts on December 05, 2018, 08:00:29 AM
I don't think Croatia is part of the Balkans.
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Post by: im barry bethel on December 05, 2018, 09:16:55 AM
Careful upsetting those Balkan islanders they're a right bunch of (violent) lads
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Post by: gilbertharding on December 05, 2018, 11:23:02 AM
Saw on football twitter the other day that Wally Downes was trending. I clicked through, imagining that Wally Downes was going to be the last surviving member of the famous Derby County side which beat Charlton in the first FA Cup Final after the war. Or something.

Turns out (and you all already know this, of course) that he's the alleged racist former Brentford manager, who has just been installed in the AFC Wimbledon dugout, and his name was trending because people don't think that's good enough.

Made me wonder - isn't that more of an MK Dons kind of thing?
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 05, 2018, 02:19:30 PM
Sign him up

https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/football/46453844 (https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/football/46453844)
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Post by: gilbertharding on December 05, 2018, 03:45:34 PM
Argentina? The 'Hand of God Dog' joke has already been made, right?
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 05, 2018, 03:47:19 PM
Argentina? The 'Hand of God Dog' joke has already been made, right?

The paw of dog. Except the ball hit his flank and he was playing the role of Shilton not Maradona.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 05, 2018, 03:52:20 PM
Sign him up

https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/football/46453844 (https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/football/46453844)

Tarnishes the excellent reputation of the Argentinian third division, imho.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 05, 2018, 04:03:59 PM
I don't think Croatia is part of the Balkans.

Quem é esse molusco (https://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/europe/balkans.htm)?



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Post by: DrGreggles on December 05, 2018, 07:09:47 PM
Ooh, that BT Sport film about Man U getting relegated might be worth a look.

On tonight.
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Post by: im barry bethel on December 05, 2018, 08:44:08 PM
5 yellows in as many minutes at old Trafford, here's hoping for the brawl at about 73 minutes
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 05, 2018, 08:58:06 PM
5 yellows in as many minutes at old Trafford, here's hoping for the brawl at about 73 minutes

no brawlers in either side these days.
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Post by: im barry bethel on December 05, 2018, 09:08:47 PM
Always a possibility with a Uruguayan on the pitch
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Post by: bgmnts on December 05, 2018, 09:48:55 PM
Can you not head the ball out of the goalkeeper's hand? Could have sworn that was legal.
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Post by: Squink on December 05, 2018, 09:59:03 PM
Man U could be below Brighton on Saturday. I watched a Brighton game the other day and it was an absolute shithouse for the eyes. Respect to them for keeping in the Premier League and all that, and they probably don't have much choice with their budget, but their approach to football is about as fun as watching Hard to Be a God on a perpetual loop.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 05, 2018, 10:07:50 PM
Can you not head the ball out of the goalkeeper's hand? Could have sworn that was legal.

I thought the same.
As did Gary Crosby.
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Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on December 05, 2018, 11:53:04 PM
Fuck me this Manchester United documentary is boring. Theater of Dreams alright. Goodnight.
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Post by: Chollis on December 06, 2018, 10:10:46 AM
Can you not head the ball out of the goalkeeper's hand? Could have sworn that was legal.

Apparently you can kick a ball out of the goalkeeper's two hands though. Poor Alisson.
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Post by: Utter Shit on December 06, 2018, 10:16:23 AM
Man U could be below Brighton on Saturday. I watched a Brighton game the other day and it was an absolute shithouse for the eyes. Respect to them for keeping in the Premier League and all that, and they probably don't have much choice with their budget, but their approach to football is about as fun as watching Hard to Be a God on a perpetual loop.

That seems very harsh to me - I watched the Palace game and thought they were fantastic in the first half. The first twenty minutes or so was surprisingly good quality from both sides, then the (wrongly-awarded) penalty changed the game and they ran away with it. Second half they sat on their lead which is fair enough, but it was a really good performance. Duffy's red might be the most idiotic decision I've ever seen - literally three feet from the ref, headbutts his man. Mad.
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Post by: Bronzy on December 06, 2018, 01:36:22 PM
Gerente José say Pogba have illness. Paulo Pogba virus? Is possible.
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Post by: Squink on December 06, 2018, 04:11:58 PM
That seems very harsh to me

Perhaps that one was an exception. I'm only really basing this on one game I saw, which in my book is a perfectly fine way to make a general sweeping statement about a team's entire philosophy towards the game.
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Post by: Utter Shit on December 06, 2018, 04:34:32 PM
Oh in that case completely fair if it was another game - Brighton's attacking play in the Palace game was completely out of keeping with everything else they've done this season - they're usually a competently stodgy side who defend well and rely on Glenn Murray shithousing scrappy goals. Not a criticism of him, he's brilliant at it.
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Post by: Chollis on December 06, 2018, 04:51:08 PM
Joe Gomez out for 6 weeks. Thoughts and prayers for our backline.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: the hum on December 06, 2018, 10:11:11 PM
Hearts-watch has now become Kilmarnock-watch. Top of the table after last night's games, although Celtic have two in hand. They meet each other on Sat. Killie's last 4 games against Celtic: won 2, drawn 2. As a side-note their old rivals Ayr United are top of the Championship, having last competed in the top tier some 40 years ago.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 06, 2018, 10:17:30 PM
Joe Gomez out for 6 weeks. Thoughts and prayers for our backline.


That's OK. Lovren can come in during the busy next 6 weeks.


NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG!

NOTHING!
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Post by: imitationleather on December 06, 2018, 10:47:18 PM
I know I have already mentioned this on here but I am afraid I have to repeat myself (I've been a member for sixteen years - give me a break): Despite being pre-programmed to loathe Arsenal with every fibre of my being, Unai Emery's completely uncanny resemblance to Steve Coogan's character in The Bureau makes it absolutely impossible for me to not warm to the fucking cunt. When Arsenal concede a goal and the camera cuts to him looking pissed off he looks so much like he is reacting to Patrick Marber telling him that he's gay I swear he must be doing it on purpose.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 06, 2018, 11:03:02 PM
Has anyone done a “I’m closing the Emirates!.. for an hour” joke?

I’d be surprised and disappointed if not.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 06, 2018, 11:03:53 PM
"I'm closing the Emirates!...for 90 minutes plus stoppage time"
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 06, 2018, 11:05:09 PM
"I'm closing the Emirates!...for 90 minutes plus stoppage time"

This is a much better joke than mine.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on December 07, 2018, 12:58:26 AM
Hearts-watch has now become Kilmarnock-watch. Top of the table after last night's games, although Celtic have two in hand. They meet each other on Sat. Killie's last 4 games against Celtic: won 2, drawn 2. As a side-note their old rivals Ayr United are top of the Championship, having last competed in the top tier some 40 years ago.

Imagine this guy holding the Scottish Premiership trophy aloft at the end of the season.

(https://i0.wp.com/www.thescottishsun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/03/nintchdbpict000389472195.jpg?crop=593px%2C105px%2C749px%2C500px&resize=1200%2C800&ssl=1)

(https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2015/07/SPORT-Hair-124036_obj8132633.jpg)

Desolation.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on December 07, 2018, 11:19:48 AM
Tuesday night was fun. Vale drew Stoke's U23s in the Checkatrade. The Vale fans had largely boycotted the cup this season, resulting in our lowest ever attendance for one of the games but the Stoke fans immediately sold their allocation of 4,000. Partly due to the draw of a 'derby' and partly as the Lardies were already crowing about how they were taking over our ground, we eventually sold about the same amount of tickets ourselves. Having said that, Stoke were still in a win-win situation; if they won the match, they could laugh at their kids beating our team and if they lost it was because they were just playing their youth team.

Miraculously, the goons managed to run this win-win situation in to a resounding defeat. Not only did they lose 4-0 (half of our team was also under 23), they also trashed the away end. They smashed every window in the toilet block, destroyed the actual toilets, threw flares in to the home fans and on to the pitch, broke dozens of seats and have ended up giving their club so much negative publicity. The best one was the berk who lit a flare whilst it was still in their pocket, burning their cock and balls in the process.

I didn't go and it sounds pretty horrible although I was heartened by the way that some of our players who weren't even local still took time to goad the Lardies after we scored.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bronzy on December 07, 2018, 12:21:50 PM
Tuesday night was fun. Vale drew Stoke's U23s in the Checkatrade. The Vale fans had largely boycotted the cup this season, resulting in our lowest ever attendance for one of the games but the Stoke fans immediately sold their allocation of 4,000. Partly due to the draw of a 'derby' and partly as the Lardies were already crowing about how they were taking over our ground, we eventually sold about the same amount of tickets ourselves. Having said that, Stoke were still in a win-win situation; if they won the match, they could laugh at their kids beating our team and if they lost it was because they were just playing their youth team.

Miraculously, the goons managed to run this win-win situation in to a resounding defeat. Not only did they lose 4-0 (half of our team was also under 23), they also trashed the away end. They smashed every window in the toilet block, destroyed the actual toilets, threw flares in to the home fans and on to the pitch, broke dozens of seats and have ended up giving their club so much negative publicity. The best one was the berk who lit a flare whilst it was still in their pocket, burning their cock and balls in the process.

I didn't go and it sounds pretty horrible although I was heartened by the way that some of our players who weren't even local still took time to goad the Lardies after we scored.

So I guess they can do it on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 07, 2018, 12:24:56 PM
So I guess they can do it on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke... the proud and historical city of Port Vale by the Sea
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on December 07, 2018, 01:31:34 PM

That's OK. Lovren can come in during the busy next 6 weeks.


NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG!

NOTHING!

I have images of Dejan Lovren kissing the premier league trophy. You read it here first.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on December 07, 2018, 02:41:12 PM
I have images of Dejan Lovren kissing the premier league trophy. You read it here first.

Phwoarr
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: the hum on December 07, 2018, 09:45:02 PM
Imagine this guy holding the Scottish Premiership trophy aloft at the end of the season.

Desolation.

Oh christ aye, Boyd really is a bullshitting twat.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: holyzombiejesus on December 07, 2018, 10:32:32 PM
Some first class Legending.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciS4ipx8uM0

(https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2018/12/05/01/7021878-6461555-image-a-44_1543972667081.jpg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bennett Brauer on December 08, 2018, 02:31:10 AM
Some first class Legending.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciS4ipx8uM0

"Some of these people have come from Stoke."
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 08, 2018, 05:56:44 AM
Some first class Legending.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciS4ipx8uM0

(https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2018/12/05/01/7021878-6461555-image-a-44_1543972667081.jpg)

Port Brevik
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 08, 2018, 02:23:05 PM
Best Liverpool performance for a long time that.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Norton Canes on December 08, 2018, 02:47:14 PM
I see they were handed another goal start
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on December 08, 2018, 06:16:52 PM
Come on Chelsea you horrible racist cunts
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 08, 2018, 06:26:58 PM
Are Chelsea fans still moaning that Kante is being played too far forward?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on December 08, 2018, 06:31:33 PM
Oh no! I'd written us off for this year. Can't deal with this hope.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 08, 2018, 07:08:57 PM
Come on Chelsea you horrible racist cunts

Up the cunts indeed!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on December 08, 2018, 07:31:00 PM
Come on Chelsea you horrible racist cunts

Oh come on, Terry's gone now, it's only the fans that are racist cunts now.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 08, 2018, 11:34:49 PM
Oh come on, Terry's gone now, it's only the fans that are racist cunts now.

That video that's circulating tonight suggests that remains true of at least some of them.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on December 08, 2018, 11:43:17 PM
https://twitter.com/matthewsyed/status/1071472323583242241#

Look at that fucking gammon. Imagine getting that angry over a game of football.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 09, 2018, 01:54:36 AM
https://twitter.com/matthewsyed/status/1071472323583242241#

Look at that fucking gammon. Imagine getting that angry over a game of football.

Only a few years off becoming a Chelsea Pensioner too. Britain today in one gif.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 09, 2018, 09:54:57 AM
Lots of people* claiming that it's impossible to tell what he's saying, but his angry delivery suggests to me that it wasn't "black cat".

*Chelsea fans
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: MuteBanana on December 09, 2018, 06:55:52 PM
You only need to look at the faces of the people around them to know it was racial. Stunned, disgusted, horrified.

Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright are being a pair of thick melons on Twitter with comments of 'Are we going to continue to allow this type of racist behaviour go on?" and "The bad old days are back".
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 09, 2018, 07:10:02 PM
You only need to look at the faces of the people around them to know it was racial. Stunned, disgusted, horrified.

Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright are being a pair of thick melons on Twitter with comments of 'Are we going to continue to allow this type of racist behaviour go on?" and "The bad old days are back".

As if some people ever stopped.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: MuteBanana on December 09, 2018, 07:23:29 PM
Well exactly. For two prominent black footballers they really do add nothing of value to the discussion.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 09, 2018, 07:29:16 PM
River Plate v Boca Juniors FINALLY about to start.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 09, 2018, 07:37:26 PM
River Plate v Boca Juniors FINALLY about to start.

BTW, this being played in Madrid is NOTHING to do with Argentina trying to secure Spain's support in their quest to host the 2030 World Cup.
Nothing at all.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Boston Crab on December 09, 2018, 08:05:42 PM
The black fan in that Sterling clip (not Sterling) makes my heart break. He's so immediately torn, devastated and then very uneasy. It's genuinely disgusting. I'm not one for CANCELING people but they should be banned for life from attending football and face criminal proceedings.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: MuteBanana on December 09, 2018, 08:11:16 PM
The black fan in that Sterling clip (not Sterling) makes my heart break. He's so immediately torn, devastated and then very uneasy. It's genuinely disgusting. I'm not one for CANCELING people but they should be banned for life from attending football and face criminal proceedings.

They usually are. And thats all a club can do really. I know it sounds horrible but the only focus should be on preparing young black players on how to handle racist abuse. Football is multicultural and the majority of fans welcome players of all colours into the game. Racism is fully rejected by society and against the law. It's not tolerated at all. But that doesn't make racists go away.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 09, 2018, 08:57:29 PM
River Plate v Boca Juniors FINALLY about to start.


1-1
RP have just scored a tasty equaliser
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: kalowski on December 09, 2018, 09:09:40 PM
Lots of people* claiming that it's impossible to tell what he's saying, but his angry delivery suggests to me that it wasn't "black cat".

*Chelsea fans

God, reading all those chumps trying to claim he was saying "Manc cunt" are utterly depressing. I don't think anyone in the history of the universe has referred to Sterling as a "Manc" ever.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Mr Eggs on December 09, 2018, 09:36:08 PM

1-1
RP have just scored a tasty equaliser

Niggle level has gone down since the red card. Booooo.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on December 09, 2018, 09:53:45 PM
It's crockery against juniors out there for me, Clive.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 09, 2018, 10:01:24 PM
Niggle level has gone down since the red card. Booooo.

Chelsea fan?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 09, 2018, 10:03:49 PM
109 minutes, BBC's Patrick Jennings (who I reckon is half my age) states

Quote
It is a winning goal for the ages.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1006468493095686145/jkAGzmav_400x400.jpg)

Yep, half my age
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Post by: imitationleather on December 09, 2018, 10:06:29 PM
The Boca goalkeeper has football pie all over his face.

Tevez was being a bit of a dick at the end there. It's like the last kick of the game and you're losing, it's not the time to be making it about you and having it out with the ref.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 09, 2018, 10:06:37 PM
It was the middle goal for the ages...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 09, 2018, 10:07:20 PM
People's Rematch demanded by Vince Cable.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Norton Canes on December 11, 2018, 12:26:04 PM
Perhaps we can agree that this one (https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/dec/11/david-squires-on-the-mistreatment-of-raheem-sterling) is pretty decent
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 11, 2018, 02:37:49 PM
Perhaps we can agree that this one (https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/dec/11/david-squires-on-the-mistreatment-of-raheem-sterling) is pretty decent

Yes, nice plain talking for once on the subject
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Post by: bgmnts on December 11, 2018, 08:16:57 PM
That is utter bollocks, that.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: finnquark on December 11, 2018, 08:30:21 PM
Waddle on Five Live - you'd think he's never watched a forren game of football in his life.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on December 11, 2018, 08:49:52 PM
If we go through with seven points we should be forced to resign our spot in the last sixteen.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on December 11, 2018, 08:54:00 PM
If we go through with seven points we should be forced to resign our spot in the last sixteen.

In one of the toughest groups of the tournament to be fair.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 11, 2018, 09:55:34 PM
Get in!

Has Mane been Space Jam'd?
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Post by: Captain Z on December 11, 2018, 09:56:21 PM
Fuck it, I'll take 7 points.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 11, 2018, 10:04:57 PM
Good from Liverpool, but should have been more than 1-0. It was a bit hairy at the end there!
They (and Spurs) have done well to get through very tough groups.

Now the CL can be an afterthought for a couple of months.
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Post by: Squink on December 11, 2018, 10:06:51 PM
The thought occurs that a PSG vs Man City final might be the ultimate shit for cunts (football edition).
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 11, 2018, 10:23:32 PM
The thought occurs that a PSG vs Man City final might be the ultimate shit for cunts (football edition).

Could be a decent game.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on December 12, 2018, 01:42:00 AM
The thought occurs that a PSG vs Man City final might be the ultimate shit for cunts (football edition).

I'd enjoy that
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Utter Shit on December 12, 2018, 09:40:05 AM
If we go through with seven points we should be forced to resign our spot in the last sixteen.

What a glorious achievement, going through with an incredible eight points - BEAT THAT.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 12, 2018, 10:03:48 AM
Napoli went out with 12 points a few years ago.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 12, 2018, 10:34:08 AM
What a glorious achievement, going through with an incredible eight points - BEAT THAT.

If I was being discourteous I'd applaud your lot on finally reaching the pinnacle of English football - that of becoming Jammy bastards.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: EOLAN on December 12, 2018, 12:24:52 PM
Good from Liverpool, but should have been more than 1-0. It was a bit hairy at the end there!
They (and Spurs) have done well to get through very tough groups.

Now the CL can be an afterthought for a couple of months.

Of course; even if Liverpool had scored a 2nd; Napoli would still have only needed one goal to go through. Was hoping Napoli would just go ultra attacking and not care one bit about Liverpool scoring approaching the last few minutes.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 12, 2018, 01:03:51 PM
Of course; even if Liverpool had scored a 2nd; Napoli would still have only needed one goal to go through. Was hoping Napoli would just go ultra attacking and not care one bit about Liverpool scoring approaching the last few minutes.

I thought the same. They did leave it a bit late before throwing everyone forward.
Liverpool should have had 3 or 4 by that point though.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on December 12, 2018, 07:26:23 PM
HAHA Real Turnips 0 - 3 CSKA Moscows

SUN: BALE ME OUT

Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 12, 2018, 07:28:00 PM
HAHA Real Turnips 0 - 3 CSKA Moscows

SUN: BALE ME OUT

Fuck yes
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 12, 2018, 07:29:10 PM
It was a meaningless match, damn
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on December 12, 2018, 07:29:59 PM
Someone should do some stats on Real's win % with and without Ronalado. Love to see big greedy clubs get it in the knackers big style.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: kalowski on December 12, 2018, 09:17:41 PM
I think journalists have this kind of thing on auto type

Quote
GOAL! VALENCIA 2-0 MAN UTD (Jones OG 47)

This is definitely not one that Phil Jones will want to see again
.

Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 12, 2018, 09:28:19 PM
I think journalists have this kind of thing on auto type

Unlike the own goals they've scored which they watch repeatedly.

To be fair, this was a good 'un.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on December 12, 2018, 09:53:41 PM
Juan Mata still rocking the grizzled old man look.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 13, 2018, 12:02:43 AM
Juan Mata still rocking the grizzled old man look.
Ah, I'll not hear any bad words against wee Juan. He's pretty much given the best years of his career to United, under at least two managers mad keen on sticking him out wide for reasons beyond my ken. Perhaps inspired by the way Paul Scholes suffered the same fate for England. He'll be on his way this Summer* and I wish him well wherever he lands.

*barring a change in management to someone more appreciative of his talents.
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Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on December 13, 2018, 12:12:20 AM
Probably off to setup a Nacho Vidal tribute band.
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Post by: Utter Shit on December 13, 2018, 12:38:19 PM
https://www.football365.com/news/netflix-football-not-quite-ready-eleven-sports (https://www.football365.com/news/netflix-football-not-quite-ready-eleven-sports)

Quote
In 2014, wrestling giants WWE launched the WWE Network: its own proprietary streaming service which broadcasts all the events you remember staying up to watch on Channel 4 when you were 13. You know, the Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, all that jazz.

It was a gamble for WWE, as they were asking viewers to stop paying tens of dollars to watch those monthly pay-per-views and instead pay a relatively meagre $9.99 a month to get access to everything: not just the monthly pay-per-views, but also every single pay-per-view in their video library going back over 30 years. They have since added every single weekly primetime TV show they have ever produced, as well as a lot of good-quality original content.

The navigation on the app is an absolute bear, but overall, the service is excellent, and has been a huge success for the company. Which raises the question: if it can be done in wrestling, why can’t it be done in football? There would clearly be an appetite for the type of content a football streaming service could provide.

Take documentaries, for example. ESPN have long been the standard-bearer in the US, and their productions benefit from a level of access that football clubs generally shy away from. There is also a forthrightness from the players that we are still generally yet to see from our own footballers.

But things are changing on both counts, and not only through mainstream sports broadcasters like BT Sport, whose film version of Michael Calvin’s ‘No Hunger In Paradise’ earlier this year was superb. The general streaming big boys have also dipped a toe in the water, with Amazon following Manchester City around to produce something of a hagiography while they claimed the league title. Netflix have responded with a series following Sunderland’s relegation from the Championship, which will be available to watch from tomorrow.

The boom in football podcasts over the last few years, meanwhile, suggests that streaming services – which still tend to be pitched at more tech-savvy viewers – might be a natural home for critically acclaimed yet cancelled viewing like Sky Sports’ Footballers’ Football Show or BT’s European Football Show. These programmes are about as cheap to make as you can possibly get but wind up on the chopping block because they are hardly appointment viewing; a watch-when-you-want model might be just what they need to keep going for more than a year or two.

Old matches are an obvious way to go, too, if the appropriate rights could be secured. Imagine if you were a Manchester United fan and every single match of the 1998/99 season were available to watch, in full and as originally broadcast? You could watch a couple of games a week and relive the whole thing in practically real time, giving you some much-needed relief from the realities of the current campaign.

The problem, though, is that without live football to go alongside it, such a network would be seen as all filler, no killer. The struggles of Eleven Sports – who have the rights to both La Liga and Serie A, but look set to fold after attracting only around 50,000 subscribers since launching in the UK in the summer – suggest that not enough of us are yet ready to digest sport through (paid) streaming services in a way that also makes sense for the broadcasters.

It’s easy to see why: if you’ve got your box tuned to Sky Sports for the early Sunday kick-off, there’s a decent chance you’ll leave it for the 4pm game, even if it’s a match in which you have little interest. In previous seasons, you might even have left it on for a Spanish game or two later on. Even requiring the viewer to press a button or two to select the next game is an opportunity for them to pause for thought: ‘well, I’ve got the remote in my hands anyway, I might as well see if there’s something on Netflix now’.

Personally, I only ever watch TV through our Virgin TV box for the football. Every second of the rest of the TV we watch in our household is through a Fire Stick or a Chromecast. But that, perhaps, is unusual, if the self-confessed technological incompetence of many other football journalists on my Twitter feed is anything to go by.

A big part of the WWE Network’s success is that in many countries, it is not only the cheapest or most convenient way to access WWE content: it’s the only way. As long as enough football remains available through pay TV services, the incentive just isn’t there for a lot of people to go through the process of breaking their current habits, investing in a plug-in device, and learning how to use it.

Perhaps that will change soon. Amazon will exclusively stream 20 Premier League games per season from next season onwards, and it would not be beyond belief to suggest the next set of TV negotiations in 2021 might in fact end up being almost exclusively streaming negotiations.

The only disappointment is that if the existing TV trend carries forward into the streaming era then we will be expected to subscribe to multiple services, which is not only bad for our wallets but may also render the idea of an everything-in-one-place football streaming service little more than a pipe dream. But boy, what a dream: it would basically be our porn.

How good would this be. A Premier League equivalent of the WWE network, showing the entire back catalogue of games in full and as originally transmitted. Even without live games I'd happily pay good money for the chance to relive old games - I've actually considered starting a catalogue of Match of the Day episodes covering each season, but the ones I'd really want to see would be the ones from years ago that I don't have.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 13, 2018, 02:42:38 PM
Don't know anything about wrestling, but the NFL model works well.
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Post by: finnquark on December 13, 2018, 08:26:32 PM
I actually subscribed to Eleven Sports, and I quite like it. I'm watching lots of Eredivisie.
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Post by: garnish on December 14, 2018, 12:32:46 AM
If anyone's interested, this person has uploaded years of his VHS recordings of MOTD and local news football highlights, spanning from the late 80s to the early 2000s.  It's actually pretty incredible undertaking.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_NrGQ_gtyP1rlx3LRblljA (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_NrGQ_gtyP1rlx3LRblljA)
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 14, 2018, 12:32:53 AM
I subscribed too, as I watch La Liga and it was only £40 for the whole season. Never had an issue with the picture quality either.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 15, 2018, 03:49:47 PM
If anyone's interested, this person has uploaded years of his VHS recordings of MOTD and local news football highlights, spanning from the late 80s to the early 2000s.  It's actually pretty incredible undertaking.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_NrGQ_gtyP1rlx3LRblljA (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_NrGQ_gtyP1rlx3LRblljA)

Nice, thanks
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 15, 2018, 04:05:49 PM
Nice, thanks

I can rewatch Villa from the late ‘90s to early ‘00s.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe... Steve Stone falling over in the 6 yard box... I watched Nolberto Solano run in circles on the halfway line... All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the Trinity Road stand... Time to die...
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Post by: Bennett Brauer on December 15, 2018, 04:44:47 PM
Cheers to garnish for that youtube link. Just dipped into cracking highlights of Revie's England v Scotland in 1975. Love Brian Moore's indulgent chuckle at the trio of heid the baws perched on a gantry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mISij6S8-bc#t=5m19s.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 16, 2018, 12:39:08 PM
PROPER football!
https://youtu.be/z3Eyfz9B5H4
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 16, 2018, 12:42:16 PM
Ooh, Sky have got Souness AND Keane on punditry duty!
Based on the last couple of Liverpool v Man U games at Anfield, it could be the only entertainment on offer.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 16, 2018, 04:11:33 PM
Ominous.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 16, 2018, 04:31:42 PM
I'm sure they'll still win or get a draw but this is poor from United.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 16, 2018, 04:33:17 PM
Called it.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 16, 2018, 05:37:52 PM
SHAQQQQQ
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Post by: Thursday on December 16, 2018, 05:42:48 PM
Ah good, it's turned out fun.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 16, 2018, 05:53:47 PM
Forgot how good it felt to beat them.
Really good as it turns out.
Really really good!
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Post by: Captain Z on December 16, 2018, 06:03:53 PM
For all their expensive stars, every time I pay attention to a Liverpool game it seems to be Shakira winning it for them.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 16, 2018, 06:12:40 PM
Great post match interview with Mourinho.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 16, 2018, 06:15:35 PM
Great post match interview with Mourinho.

Didn't see it.
I assume he accepted full responsibility for the defeat.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 16, 2018, 06:19:57 PM
https://twitter.com/UpperGwladysBlu/status/1074359376603947011
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 16, 2018, 07:05:11 PM
For all their expensive stars, every time I pay attention to a Liverpool game it seems to be Shakira winning it for them.

And while being simultaneously done for tax avoidance. What a star.
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Post by: Gulftastic on December 16, 2018, 07:47:45 PM
Why are so many of Phil Neville's comments ones that he 'has to say'? Who's making him say them? Is he being threatened?
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Post by: garnish on December 16, 2018, 07:50:43 PM
Why are so many of Phil Neville's comments ones that he 'has to say'? Who's making him say them? Is he being threatened?

I enjoyed his interview with the Guardian where he says people were being disrespectful for saying he knows nothing about women's football, while basically admitting that he knows nothing about women's football.

Quote
“At my first press conference I was told: ‘You know nothing about the players, nothing about women’s football’ and I just thought it was incredibly disrespectful,” Neville says. “It’s football, I was managing a football team and I had great experience of working with top players, and I only ever saw it as coming into a job and working with top players. I know the people who said those things and from the moment we beat France they weren’t levelling that against me.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/14/phil-neville-england-women-world-cup-disrespectful (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/14/phil-neville-england-women-world-cup-disrespectful)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: garnish on December 16, 2018, 07:51:09 PM
https://twitter.com/UpperGwladysBlu/status/1074359376603947011

This tweet has already been deleted.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 16, 2018, 08:25:09 PM
This tweet has already been deleted.

Luckily it's here:
https://youtu.be/zUQUHShdTOk
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 16, 2018, 09:24:10 PM
Liverpool fans need to graduate from trying to pointscore over Man Utd fans, the triumphalism over a basically irrelevant embarrassing mess of a side, other than perhaps Mourinho who is a nasty piece of work, is unnecessary and shows the fans to still be small-minded and focused on cheap shots and short termism rather than actually winning trophies. If you want to really consign Man Utd to history just ignore them as an inferior irrelevance rather than acting as though they are a rival for your season goals.
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Post by: RDRR on December 16, 2018, 09:38:37 PM
Liverpool fans need to graduate from trying to pointscore over Man Utd fans, the triumphalism over a basically irrelevant embarrassing mess of a side, other than perhaps Mourinho who is a nasty piece of work, is unnecessary and shows the fans to still be small-minded and focused on cheap shots and short termism rather than actually winning trophies. If you want to really consign Man Utd to history just ignore them as an inferior irrelevance rather than acting as though they are a rival for your season goals.

wow it's as though football rivalries are separate to the title race. small-minded fools
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 16, 2018, 09:42:40 PM
No try reading - it isn't Truthbomb I heard two teams were rivals. It's a reaction to the general sanctimoniousness of Pool fans yet when given the opportunity they go ahead and behave in the exact same way, if not worse.

Maybe a win like this is just an opportunity to reflect that there are bigger goals than schadenfreude while being a football supporter.
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Post by: RDRR on December 16, 2018, 09:49:17 PM
yeah you're right it's weird that anyone would celebrate beating their rivals! take the 3 points & move on. man utd go again
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 16, 2018, 10:11:55 PM
I can fully understand Liverpool fans enjoying today - first PL win vs United since 2013/14, so that's something. I'm sure they enjoyed totally outclassing United too. I don't really see any reaction being any different to United fans when we beat Liverpool - it's the one fixture both sets of fans look forward to/dread the most.

Back in the 1980s, when United's team was basically made up of a bunch of functioning alcoholics and Liverpool's were a set of European Cup winners, they still enjoyed giving us a good kicking.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 16, 2018, 10:13:56 PM
Shoulders only feels he can say this as sonehow newcastle have salvaged their season against minnow sides
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Post by: im barry bethel on December 16, 2018, 10:53:50 PM
State of Danny Ings forehead, does he ever go to the Christmas party as anyone other than Frankenstein
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Post by: bgmnts on December 17, 2018, 07:55:43 AM
State of Danny Ings forehead, does he ever go to the Christmas party as anyone other than Frankenstein

Perfect for heading the ball into the net though.
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Post by: king_tubby on December 17, 2018, 09:13:45 AM
Biggest game of the season tonight, lads.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 17, 2018, 09:25:30 AM
Biggest game of the season tonight, lads.

Southport vs Tranmere. Indeed it is!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: hermitical on December 17, 2018, 09:42:07 AM
PROPER football!
https://youtu.be/z3Eyfz9B5H4 (https://youtu.be/z3Eyfz9B5H4)
"This video is unavailable."

https://twitter.com/UpperGwladysBlu/status/1074359376603947011 (https://twitter.com/UpperGwladysBlu/status/1074359376603947011)
"Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!"

Any chance of a quick description of what these two were?
Edited to add - cheers for the twitter/youtube/slapstick moment
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 17, 2018, 09:58:49 AM
"This video is unavailable."
"Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!"

It's a goal line scramble.
Not sure why the link didn't work, it's OK for me.

Alt link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGAngYUob7A
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 17, 2018, 10:18:35 AM
Ooh, it's the CL draw!

Manchester City v
Ajax, Atlético Madrid, Roma or Schalke

Tottenham Hotspur v
Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Paris St-Germain, Porto or Real Madrid

Liverpool v
Barcelona, Bayern, Borussia, Juventus, Porto or Real Madrid

Manchester United v
Barcelona, Bayern, Borussia, PSG, Porto or Real Madrid

Some tasty matches guaranteed.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 17, 2018, 10:21:16 AM
Schalke to get one of Barcelona, PSG, Manchester City, Real Madrid or Juventus.
So that's nice for them.
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Post by: im barry bethel on December 17, 2018, 10:28:10 AM
"This video is unavailable."
"Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!"

Any chance of a quick description of what these two were?
Edited to add - cheers for the twitter/youtube/slapstick moment

This one

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/46586059
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Post by: bgmnts on December 17, 2018, 11:21:50 AM
Bayern at home! Tasty!
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 17, 2018, 11:22:16 AM
Liverpool v Bayern!

Just what I wanted. Never had the chance to go on an away day in Munich before. Don't think we've been drawn against them since 1981.
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Post by: Captain Z on December 17, 2018, 11:28:22 AM
Quote
Schalke v Man City
Atletico Madrid v Juventus
Man Utd v PSG
Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund
Lyon v Barcelona
Roma v Porto
Ajax v Real Madrid
Liverpool v Bayern Munich

Happy with that as a Spurs fan. Excited for the Utd game too.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 17, 2018, 11:29:42 AM
Atletico Madrid v Juventus should be good too.
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Post by: George Oscar Bluth II on December 17, 2018, 11:32:30 AM
Manchester United v PSG is the only possible fixture in which I will cheer for United.
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Post by: kalowski on December 17, 2018, 12:48:12 PM
This one

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/46586059
No better clearance than top of head whilst lay on floor.
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Post by: Chollis on December 17, 2018, 07:16:17 PM
Great draw. Can't remember the last time we played Bayern.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 17, 2018, 07:22:22 PM
Great draw. Can't remember the last time we played Bayern.
Super Cup in 2001, I remember watching while a tad drunk (during my student years, naturally). I suspect you may be going back to 1981  for a "proper" meeting, though.
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Post by: finnquark on December 17, 2018, 07:28:56 PM
Liverpool fans need to graduate from trying to pointscore over Man Utd fans, the triumphalism over a basically irrelevant embarrassing mess of a side, other than perhaps Mourinho who is a nasty piece of work, is unnecessary and shows the fans to still be small-minded and focused on cheap shots and short termism rather than actually winning trophies. If you want to really consign Man Utd to history just ignore them as an inferior irrelevance rather than acting as though they are a rival for your season goals.

You would be distinctly unimpressed at the sight of Alty vs one of the Northwich Victorias in the Cheshire Senior Cup
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Post by: Chollis on December 17, 2018, 08:43:29 PM
Liverpool fans need to graduate from trying to pointscore over Man Utd fans, the triumphalism over a basically irrelevant embarrassing mess of a side, other than perhaps Mourinho who is a nasty piece of work, is unnecessary and shows the fans to still be small-minded and focused on cheap shots and short termism rather than actually winning trophies. If you want to really consign Man Utd to history just ignore them as an inferior irrelevance rather than acting as though they are a rival for your season goals.

stick it up yer bollocks
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 18, 2018, 07:41:01 AM
Yeah sucks to discover you're no better doesn't it?

Moving on, how about this for a thoroughly disingenuous remark. Theresa May would be proud of it.

Quote
Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka:

"I don't know if it was a penalty. The referee was closer than me and if he made that decision it's because he felt it was the right decision.
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Post by: monolith on December 18, 2018, 07:54:00 AM
The new Wenger? Hopefully in more ways than just that...
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Post by: king_tubby on December 18, 2018, 09:52:27 AM
Mourinho OUT
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Post by: king_tubby on December 18, 2018, 10:00:57 AM
And here's the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46603018
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Post by: Jittlebags on December 18, 2018, 10:09:47 AM
Big Sam in. Let's eat some owl.
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Post by: im barry bethel on December 18, 2018, 10:19:30 AM
Keano's available


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Post by: king_tubby on December 18, 2018, 10:20:59 AM
Carrick.

No, not Carrick.

It's a farce!
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Post by: drummersaredeaf on December 18, 2018, 10:25:38 AM
Wonder if he's offered Phil Jones £20 a day to go with him and Hoover up and that.
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Post by: Bennett Brauer on December 18, 2018, 10:29:32 AM
More martyrdom, he's probably delighted.

Was really looking forward to Cardiff away on Saturday as well. Warnock baiting him into a meltdown fight that spills on to the pitch, ideally ending in the net with the goals collapsing on top of them.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 18, 2018, 10:31:01 AM
Should bring in Klopp or Guardiola.
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 18, 2018, 10:40:33 AM
Mourinho OUT

Poor bloke.
Just before Christmas and he loses his job.
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Post by: mash on December 18, 2018, 10:43:27 AM
Terrible timing. Gives almost no time for David Squires to re-write this week's comic!
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Post by: lebowskibukowski on December 18, 2018, 10:56:04 AM
Daniel Levy will be licking his lips at the thought of the amount of money he will squeeze out of United for Poch
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Post by: hummingofevil on December 18, 2018, 10:59:11 AM
Wrexham announcing new manager at 2pm too!
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Post by: Chollis on December 18, 2018, 11:18:27 AM
Yeah sucks to discover you're no better doesn't it?

No better than what exactly? I don't know if you're referring to specific examples after the match but if you can't enjoy a win (the first in the league since 2013) over your most hated historic rivals then I'm not sure you're in the right sport. The piss-taking, schadenfreude and gloating is all part of the petty (and brilliant) tribalism of football for me Clive.

Anyway. Shame about Jose. Had hoped they'd keep that toxic sludge in charge for as long as possible, they were going nowhere with him. I imagine they want Poch but I don't know why he'd go there. Got Zidane written all over it.
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Post by: MuteBanana on December 18, 2018, 11:40:03 AM
There was a thread on RedCafe pointing out Chelsea sacked Jose on December 17th. Guess they waited an extra day.

I know he's a tosser but he still manages to win things. For him to do fuck all at United in the league is a kind of strange fall from grace. Honestly did anyone expect it because I had them nailed on for at least one league title during his reign.

Poch going is one thing but I'd worry about the players he might take with him. Lamela, Eriksen, Lloris if De Gea goes. Maybe even young dudes like Gazzinga and Foyth. Thinking about it I still don't know why Alderweireld is constantly linked with United. If its just about  bigger wage he can fuck off now, sod the window. The league has changed unless he hasn't noticed. Go to City or even Liverpool if you're medal hungry.
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Post by: EOLAN on December 18, 2018, 11:46:52 AM

I know he's a tosser but he still manages to win things. For him to do fuck all at United in the league is a kind of strange fall from grace. Honestly did anyone expect it because I had them nailed on for at least one league title during his reign.

I would have expected a slightly stronger title challenge before a malaise of a season like this one. The trajectory of his team's decline isn't all that surprising. He did reasonably well to have them securely in second place last season but they were left in Man City's long shadow. This year represents his usual decline year like he had with Chelsea after winning the League.
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Post by: Beagle 2 on December 18, 2018, 11:46:56 AM
Last season he won Europa League, got the the FA Cup Final and finished runner up in the league, so he didn't do "fuck all", especially in the context of modern Man U. He could have just about ridden the results out this year if he hadn't been such an enormous berk.
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Post by: Chollis on December 18, 2018, 12:05:02 PM
Last season he won Europa League, got the the FA Cup Final and finished runner up in the league, so he didn't do "fuck all", especially in the context of modern Man U. He could have just about ridden the results out this year if he hadn't been such an enormous berk.

The Europa win was 16/17. I did think they'd stick with him til the end of the season but I don't think it's the silverware that was the problem. Worst start to a league campaign in 28 years, +0 goal difference, horrible style of football, arguably no player has improved under his management (Lingard maybe?) and £400m mostly spent on players that aren't good enough. They can do much better. Give it Giggseh.
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Post by: greenman on December 18, 2018, 12:06:34 PM
There was a thread on RedCafe pointing out Chelsea sacked Jose on December 17th. Guess they waited an extra day.

I know he's a tosser but he still manages to win things. For him to do fuck all at United in the league is a kind of strange fall from grace. Honestly did anyone expect it because I had them nailed on for at least one league title during his reign.

Poch going is one thing but I'd worry about the players he might take with him. Lamela, Eriksen, Lloris if De Gea goes. Maybe even young dudes like Gazzinga and Foyth. Thinking about it I still don't know why Alderweireld is constantly linked with United. If its just about  bigger wage he can fuck off now, sod the window. The league has changed unless he hasn't noticed. Go to City or even Liverpool if you're medal hungry.

There does seem to be a sweet spot or a season or two for him going into teams with a good attack but a dodgy defence, shorting out the latter before things just become too defensive and the success dries up. The Ferguson style of ruling from on high is on the way out as well IMHO, players just won't tolerate it anymore, happened at Chelsea now at Utd.
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Post by: Small Man Big Horse on December 18, 2018, 12:06:50 PM
Poor bloke.
Just before Christmas and he loses his job.

He truly is the new Jenna Moses.
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Post by: garnish on December 18, 2018, 12:18:45 PM
Awful club gets rid of awful manager

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/simpsons/images/2/29/Awful_school_is_awful_rich.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20121216033245)
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Post by: bgmnts on December 18, 2018, 01:23:14 PM
There was a thread on RedCafe pointing out Chelsea sacked Jose on December 17th. Guess they waited an extra day.

I know he's a tosser but he still manages to win things. For him to do fuck all at United in the league is a kind of strange fall from grace. Honestly did anyone expect it because I had them nailed on for at least one league title during his reign.

Poch going is one thing but I'd worry about the players he might take with him. Lamela, Eriksen, Lloris if De Gea goes. Maybe even young dudes like Gazzinga and Foyth. Thinking about it I still don't know why Alderweireld is constantly linked with United. If its just about  bigger wage he can fuck off now, sod the window. The league has changed unless he hasn't noticed. Go to City or even Liverpool if you're medal hungry.

He had a 58% win ratio at United. Alex Ferguson had 59% I think.

He was getting results early on.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 18, 2018, 01:31:57 PM
Mourinho's demeanour and falling back on his record instead of owning the present was always daring the directors to say enough is enough.

He was never going to succeed there with an uneven squad he didn't fix and a City side capable of outdoing everything they tried. They still have many of the same failures from Moyes in the squad, and now Mourinho has added to them with more glory buys.

Is there any squad in the league with a more disjointed ragbag collection of people not suited to playing with each other? Their individual ability and never say die attitude has got them through in the face of a man who couldn't get the team working at crucial times.

Harsh as it's not like they were in the bottom half, but other teams have lifted their game and so Mourinho complaining about money and player's attitude rings hollow and was always likely to come to this.

He will still walk into a big job, probably outside England now, and win things.

Much as I detest Ferguson he has been shown to be an even better manager than he looked at the time.
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Post by: king_tubby on December 18, 2018, 01:56:51 PM
Heh, poor old Jamie Jackson.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/17/jose-mourinho-safe-manchester-united-manager-business-as-usual-liverpool
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 18, 2018, 02:01:04 PM
Heh, poor old Jamie Jackson.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/17/jose-mourinho-safe-manchester-united-manager-business-as-usual-liverpool

JJ always was a wally.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 18, 2018, 03:02:21 PM
Remember when he called a 5th place man u (17 points off first) “the new invincibles”? What a prat
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Post by: Utter Shit on December 18, 2018, 04:02:24 PM
Solskjaer and Phelan dream team apparently, because why get one failed PL manager in when you could get two? I'm actually quite surprised they haven't gone for Butt - by all accounts he's doing a great job with the academy, they have a host of talented kids (Greenwood, Chong, Gomes) he might be able to put trust in, he'd know the likes of Lingard, Rashford and Pereira. Plus I'd have thought the allure of Butt potentially being their Guardiola/Zidane/Southgate might have made it tempting.

It really sums up how far United have fallen that Solskjaer/Phelan doesn't sound like a particularly bad short term move, steadying the ship until the summer when they can get a big name in. I mean...this is United, should they really be in the position of throwing in two long-time servants with no record of managerial success? Luckily for them the season is pretty much a write-off, with no realistic prospect of either Champions League football or relegation, so it doesn't really matter how the next six months go.
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Post by: holyzombiejesus on December 18, 2018, 04:05:43 PM
Heh, poor old Jamie Jackson.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/17/jose-mourinho-safe-manchester-united-manager-business-as-usual-liverpool

The Manchester Evening News front page heralded 'Mourinho will not be sacked by United directors" today.
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Post by: Utter Shit on December 18, 2018, 04:12:12 PM
There was someone on yesterday's Totally Football podcast loudly declaring that there was no way Mourinho would be sacked before the summer. To be fair though, it did come out of the blue given United's recent history - with van Gaal and Moyes they waited until they couldn't get into the CL, as that made the payoff cheaper.

NB. United are still paying off Moyes' contract.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 18, 2018, 04:18:27 PM
While it's no great surprise Mourinho has gone (some of the games in the last two and a half years were equally as dreary as enough van Gaal served up), I have little doubt that the deeper problems at the club will not be addressed anytime soon.

The Glazers got lucky when their old man got control of the club that he had a) Ferguson and b) the core of a great team already there: Rooney, Ronaldo, Ferdinand, Scholes. Add in the shrewd signings of Vidic, Evra and Carrick and you have a team that can challenge for titles up until 2013.

Behind the scenes, though, the lack of investment showed: shabby stadium, inadequate scouting staff, losing out on good youth prospects to other teams. The last two of these have been reversed somewhat, but you're playing catch up forever with the likes of City.

Then you have a Chief Exec who loves to get involved in the playing side of things, signing players, deciding who comes in and out. You'd think surely by now no serious contender for the job will want to work under those conditions.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 18, 2018, 04:20:17 PM
Quote
Guardiola/Zidane/Southgate

Oxford/Cambridge/Hull
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Post by: Utter Shit on December 18, 2018, 04:28:13 PM
While it's no great surprise Mourinho has gone (some of the games in the last two and a half years were equally as dreary as enough van Gaal served up), I have little doubt that the deeper problems at the club will not be addressed anytime soon.

The Glazers got lucky when their old man got control of the club that he had a) Ferguson and b) the core of a great team already there: Rooney, Ronaldo, Ferdinand, Scholes. Add in the shrewd signings of Vidic, Evra and Carrick and you have a team that can challenge for titles up until 2013.

Behind the scenes, though, the lack of investment showed: shabby stadium, inadequate scouting staff, losing out on good youth prospects to other teams. The last two of these have been reversed somewhat, but you're playing catch up forever with the likes of City.

Then you have a Chief Exec who loves to get involved in the playing side of things, signing players, deciding who comes in and out. You'd think surely by now no serious contender for the job will want to work under those conditions.

The thing is, even if they just had a competent manager rather than a Guardiola type genius, they should be top four every year with no hassle purely because of the amount of money they have to spend. It is rank incompetence that since Ferguson left almost all of their big name signings have failed - on the one hand this shows that it's not as simple as just buying the best players and letting them get on with it, but Schweinsteiger, Falcao, Di Maria (excused to a point as he actually did ok and had good reasons for leaving), Pogba, Mkhitaryan all failing? That is incompetence, a well-run operation should not see that rate of failure in elite players.

I actually think United are in real danger if they get the next appointment wrong - they're already unarguably behind City when it comes to signing top players, and I'd suggest that Liverpool are well ahead of them now too. Every year that they continue to fail, they will have less to offer prospective signings both in terms of potential success and wages, and it really isn't inconceivable that within a few years they will truly be just another club, with the London clubs able to offer as much if not more too. We're not at that point yet, but another few years of mediocrity and there would be no reason for any player to choose United over clubs like Tottenham and Arsenal with less history but more hope of success and, potentially, able to offer similar wages.
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 18, 2018, 04:40:08 PM
See also: pogba, Kagawa, Sanchez, lukaku, Shaw, Chicharito, Depay etc etc.

The most concerning thing isn’t that players are set back years by signing for Death Star united (they are), but that they all seem to massively improve the second they leave. Depay was 2 goals in 33 apps for Man U. He is 29 in 69 for Lyon. Admittedly that’s ligue un, but that’s a remarkable improvement.

I have no sympathy for them at all (players or club) and long may it continue. Hopefully it gets to the point where players refuse to sign at the risk of becoming another promising young Martial or Januzaj who goes backwards and wastes years of their career.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 18, 2018, 04:44:11 PM
It is rank incompetence that since Ferguson left almost all of their big name signings have failed - on the one hand this shows that it's not as simple as just buying the best players and letting them get on with it, but Schweinsteiger, Falcao, Di Maria (excused to a point as he actually did ok and had good reasons for leaving), Pogba, Mkhitaryan all failing? That is incompetence, a well-run operation should not see that rate of failure in elite players.
To go through those signings, I think only Schweinsteiger was brought in at the instigation of the manager. He didn't do too bad, but picked up injuries and then a change of manager saw him on the way out.

The rest have the hand of Woodward all over them, wanting to be a big time player in the market. Di Maria I thought was hopeless after his first few games and never gave the impression of wanting here in the first place; Falcao was clearly missing his edge of old, as his subsequent lack of success at Chelsea shows; Woodward actually wanted Mkhitaryan in a year earlier, but van Gaal nixed it as he didn't think he had the character to hack it in England (not an unreasonable assessment). Pogba - who the fuck knows? But I've seen him plenty this year playing in a manner so lazy and "not arsed" that I'd happily see him out now. However, my gut tells me we'll bring in a manager this Summer who will pander to his ego in an attempt to build the team around him. Personally, I'd rather we did that with Mata.

Bringing in Solskjaer and Phelan for the rest of this season is almost an admission that we'd rather finish out of the European places and have a clean slate next year. Again, shite management of the club.
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Post by: Chollis on December 18, 2018, 05:08:32 PM
Nobody seems to be pointing the finger at Woodward either, hasn't he presided over this entire fucking shambles post-Ferguson?
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Post by: Deanjam on December 18, 2018, 05:14:39 PM
I think more and more United fans are wakening up to Woodward. It was easy to blame Moyes & Van Gaal's shortcomings, but Mourinho was supposed to be the guaranteed success. Their track record in signings post Ferguson is shite.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 18, 2018, 05:21:07 PM
Nobody seems to be pointing the finger at Woodward either, hasn't he presided over this entire fucking shambles post-Ferguson?
Yep - certainly those in my circle of United fans have long held a grudge against him, going back to the shambolic (lack of) transfer business in the Summer of 2013. But he is very successful at bringing in various endorsements, which keeps the Glazers happy.
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Post by: Norton Canes on December 18, 2018, 05:21:52 PM
Ideally United need someone who can guarantee that at least one big offside call will go their way in each game, that an average of one wayward shot per game will end up in the opposition's net via either a defender or the woodwork, and if neither happen, the opposition's trusted goalscorers will fail to convert opportunities they would normally score. If the new manager can achieve all that from the start of the new season, I reckon they could be top of the table by Christmas.
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Post by: Chollis on December 18, 2018, 05:33:45 PM
https://twitter.com/edsongsofpraise/status/1074973692596289536
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Post by: Thursday on December 18, 2018, 05:53:11 PM
Interesting that Man Utd have a pretty desirable Christmas schedule. Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle. Games I wouldn't have been surprised to see them win, even in the state they were in under Jose. I'm tempted to think they didn't want to give him the chance the paper over the cracks by giving him those victories. (Also allows the interim manager/ whoever replaces him if it happens quickly an easier introduction)
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 18, 2018, 07:04:49 PM
Tranmere 4 - 0 Tottenham preddo

Revenge for the last three meetings.
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Post by: chand on December 18, 2018, 07:17:38 PM
I think more and more United fans are wakening up to Woodward. It was easy to blame Moyes & Van Gaal's shortcomings, but Mourinho was supposed to be the guaranteed success. Their track record in signings post Ferguson is shite.

United fans have criticised Woodward plenty, it died down a bit though when we had summers where we seemed to get most of our targets. The rumour is we've wanted to move to the Director of Football model, but Mourinho was against it. By the sounds of it that's likely to happen now and it may be that we sort that out before appointing the next proper manager.

Interesting that Man Utd have a pretty desirable Christmas schedule. Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle. Games I wouldn't have been surprised to see them win, even in the state they were in under Jose. I'm tempted to think they didn't want to give him the chance the paper over the cracks by giving him those victories. (Also allows the interim manager/ whoever replaces him if it happens quickly an easier introduction)

I don't think the next run of games is a factor particularly. The point of appointing Jose is supposed to be that he signs specialist players that work in his system, makes a solid team with a strong home record, builds on that and makes you title contenders, but we're not even doing the bare minimum any more. Twelve points from the next four games ought to be realistic, but look at the results this season and it's not just the fuss-free dickings from the likes of Liverpool, City and Spurs that have brought us here, we've lost to Brighton and West Ham and drawn with Palace, Southampton and Wolves, one win in the last six. We haven't been winning the sort of games Mourinho is supposed to win. A lot of us accepted Mourinho's unattractive football if we were beating bottom-half teams 2-0 consistently and shithousing our way to a draw at Anfield, but a Mourinho team which can't even shithouse effectively or steamroller the bottom six is just a miserable thing indeed.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 18, 2018, 07:31:33 PM
Nobody seems to be pointing the finger at Woodward either, hasn't he presided over this entire fucking shambles post-Ferguson?

Ferguson knew what he was doing getting out at the right time and securing his legacy. The cunt.

Wenger didn't have the ability to see the writing on the wall like whiskey nose did.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 18, 2018, 07:59:31 PM
Hello Chand! long time!
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Post by: rjd2 on December 18, 2018, 08:24:38 PM
Solskjaer and Phelan dream team apparently, because why get one failed PL manager in when you could get two? I'm actually quite surprised they haven't gone for Butt - by all accounts he's doing a great job with the academy, they have a host of talented kids (Greenwood, Chong, Gomes) he might be able to put trust in, he'd know the likes of Lingard, Rashford and Pereira. Plus I'd have thought the allure of Butt potentially being their Guardiola/Zidane/Southgate might have made it tempting.

It really sums up how far United have fallen that Solskjaer/Phelan doesn't sound like a particularly bad short term move, steadying the ship until the summer when they can get a big name in. I mean...this is United, should they really be in the position of throwing in two long-time servants with no record of managerial success? Luckily for them the season is pretty much a write-off, with no realistic prospect of either Champions League football or relegation, so it doesn't really matter how the next six months go.

Its a shambolic choice. Failed managers , but heh they will get a great reception in their first OT game.

Do you really think Ole is a better option than Blanc who supposedly is fine with a care taker role?

Heck, Jardim is right their, he won't be unemployed for much longer!
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Post by: chand on December 18, 2018, 08:37:07 PM
Hello Chand! long time!

Hi! Yeah, been on here much since someone almost got sacked for going online at work, like to do my posting on the boss' dime as far as possible.

Its a shambolic choice. Failed managers , but heh they will get a great reception in their first OT game.

Do you really think Ole is a better option than Blanc who supposedly is fine with a care taker role?

Heck, Jardim is right their, he won't be unemployed for much longer!

Not heard anything to suggest Blanc is fine with a caretaker role, sounds like paper talk to me.
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Post by: rjd2 on December 18, 2018, 08:44:35 PM
I'l have to look again on twitter, but I do remember reading earlier he would be ok with the care taker role. He has not being employed since 2016 and would be well paid so I can't see why he would not be temped. Its a bit of a basketcase of a club, so even if you fail, it won't hurt his reputation that much.

When you look at the free managers United could get, Jardim makes so much sense. Poch will be near impossible to get in Summer and I am unconvinced Zidane really wants the role.
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Post by: phes on December 18, 2018, 10:12:07 PM
Get Arry king of the jungle in to put his arm round Pogba and make him feel nice. Club needs some good vibes. Harry's a misfits specialist
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Post by: buttgammon on December 18, 2018, 10:59:12 PM
He'd give Woodward what for too. "SIGN CROUCH AND DEFOE YOU FACKIN' MUPPET!"
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 18, 2018, 11:25:28 PM
Giving Solskjaer the gig till the end of the season is both a canny and desperate move - as he's got so much goodwill amongst the fanbase (for obvious reasons) that it'll mask further shite performances until the Summer.

What odds on United to lose three out of the next four? I reckon they'll squeeze a draw out of Huddersfield.
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Post by: Squink on December 19, 2018, 03:55:25 AM
A lot of us accepted Mourinho's unattractive football if we were beating bottom-half teams 2-0 consistently and shithousing our way to a draw at Anfield, but a Mourinho team which can't even shithouse effectively or steamroller the bottom six is just a miserable thing indeed.

Sounds like Man Utd fans are absolutely primed to get boners for Big Sam in the role. Mourinho would effectively have been acting as Sam’s fluffer. Bring it the fuck on.
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Post by: monolith on December 19, 2018, 07:17:58 AM
https://youtu.be/EovwYn0VAr0
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Post by: bgmnts on December 19, 2018, 08:16:17 AM
Sounds like Man Utd fans are absolutely primed to get boners for Big Sam in the role. Mourinho would effectively have been acting as Sam’s fluffer. Bring it the fuck on.

Fellaini in the squad and a big man up front? Perfect foundations for a Fat Sam team.
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Post by: chand on December 19, 2018, 09:24:36 AM
Sounds like Man Utd fans are absolutely primed to get boners for Big Sam in the role. Mourinho would effectively have been acting as Sam’s fluffer. Bring it the fuck on.

Happy to spend several pages waxing lyrical about The Manchester United Way if you'd prefer, can go on and on as if United have historically played uniquely attractive football and have some kind of fabled footballing ethos that fans of other clubs could never understand.
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Post by: The Boston Crab on December 19, 2018, 09:28:13 AM
Couple of wide men, couple of cultured poachers, bring back the glory days.
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Post by: bgmnts on December 19, 2018, 09:28:18 AM
Happy to spend several pages waxing lyrical about The Manchester United Way if you'd prefer, can go on and on as if United have historically played uniquely attractive football and have some kind of fabled footballing ethos that fans of other clubs could never understand.

As much as I detest United I remember them playing some inctedible counter attacking football when they had Ronaldo and Rooney in his primd etc.
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Post by: Panbaams on December 19, 2018, 09:57:49 AM
Giving Solskjaer the gig till the end of the season is both a canny and desperate move - as he's got so much goodwill amongst the fanbase (for obvious reasons) that it'll mask further shite performances until the Summer.

It's also a sign that they never had any intention to spend money in January.
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Post by: EOLAN on December 19, 2018, 10:30:52 AM
Happy to spend several pages waxing lyrical about The Manchester United Way if you'd prefer, can go on and on as if United have historically played uniquely attractive football and have some kind of fabled footballing ethos that fans of other clubs could never understand.

Doing the tour of the Emirates stadium; they also effectively tried  to whitewash the memory of George Graham's management  (two League titles - one with only a single defeat; a League Cup and FA Cup double) because the old 1-0 to the Arsenal and off-side traps wasn't synonymous with the message that Arsenal have been pioneers in enterprising football and progressive outlooks.

I say all clubs do this to an extent. My own at West Bromwich Albion certainly would think our way is to be open and attractively attacking; which at specific times in our history we have been but there have been long periods of time too with fairly bog standard style - sometimes yielding to successful results and periods.

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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 19, 2018, 12:44:10 PM
As much as I detest United I remember them playing some inctedible counter attacking football when they had Ronaldo and Rooney in his primd etc.

Hughes, McClair, Davenport, Whiteside, Strachan
Kanchelskis, Giggs etc
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Post by: chand on December 19, 2018, 01:22:54 PM
As much as I detest United I remember them playing some inctedible counter attacking football when they had Ronaldo and Rooney in his primd etc.

Oh yeah, we've often been exciting, though that Rooney and Ronaldo era we played defensively quite a lot, lot of ruthless 1-0 and 2-0s. We used to be very focused on wing play and though we had the ability to play intricate one-touch stuff we weren't wedded to it. I always viewed United's play style as being pretty adaptable under Fergie. We could control games and pass it, we could play counter attacking, we could do stuff with pacey wingers, we could play defensively and we could frankly kick the living shit out of opponents. It's all good to me, I'll cheer a goal from a long ball or a cross into the big man just as much as I'll cheer a goal that had 20 passes in the build up and ended with a cute dinked finish. Could not give a shit that the two goals in the 99 final were scruffy as hell and barely deserved (we shouldn't have even made it to the final because Inter had about three golden chances to kill us off in the quarters).

Obviously I would prefer us to play as stylishly as possible, but I'd like us to be just sort of...good, first.
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Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on December 19, 2018, 01:23:02 PM
Hughes, McClair, Davenport, Whiteside, Strachan
Kanchelskis, Giggs etc

Hagi, Taffarel, Roy Makaay, Gary Waddock etc.
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 19, 2018, 01:39:48 PM
Could not give a shit that the two goals in the 99 final were scruffy as hell and barely deserved (we shouldn't have even made it to the final because Inter had about three golden chances to kill us off in the quarters)
The night Henning Berg chanelled the spirit of Bobby Moore, I recall.
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Post by: gilbertharding on December 19, 2018, 02:20:00 PM
Hughes, McClair, Davenport, Whiteside, Strachan
Kanchelskis, Giggs etc

Marco, Merrick, Terry Lee, Gary Tibbs and yours truly.
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Post by: The Boston Crab on December 19, 2018, 02:42:25 PM
Clayton Blackmore, Lee Martin, Bryan McClair - where are they? Why did they leave football?
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Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 19, 2018, 02:43:42 PM
Clayton Blackmore, Lee Martin, Bryan McClair - where are they? Why did they leave football?

To launch their modeling careers.
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 19, 2018, 03:42:33 PM
I forgot Frank Stapleton!
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Post by: kalowski on December 19, 2018, 03:46:58 PM
I forgot Frank Stapleton!
So did Frank Stapleton!
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Post by: BlodwynPig on December 19, 2018, 03:49:59 PM
So did Frank Stapleton!

I'll set Kevin Moran on you!
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Post by: kalowski on December 19, 2018, 03:56:02 PM
I'll set Kevin Moran on you!
I've met Kevin Moran! He didn't foul me.
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Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 19, 2018, 04:01:44 PM
Giving Solskjaer the gig till the end of the season is both a canny and desperate move - as he's got so much goodwill amongst the fanbase (for obvious reasons) that it'll mask further shite performances until the Summer.

What odds on United to lose three out of the next four? I reckon they'll squeeze a draw out of Huddersfield.

Why not ask Fergie to come back like Liverpool did with King Ken Kenny King Ken

I'd almost cheer if he returned and embarrassed Mourinho. But I'll take a failed Cardiff city manager and 6th
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Post by: The Culture Bunker on December 19, 2018, 04:56:05 PM
Why not ask Fergie to come back like Liverpool did with King Ken Kenny King Ken

I'd almost cheer if he returned and embarrassed Mourinho. But I'll take a failed Cardiff city manager and 6th
Of course, it was Fergie who advised Ole to take the Cardiff job in the first place. The world of careers advice dodged a bullet when Fergie went into football, no doubt.

And I'd imagine United would prefer to finish lower than sixth, which may be why they've made this decision. Certainly bringing Mickey Shorts back into the fold suggests a "scorched earth" policy at play for this season.
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Post by: Depressed Beyond Tables on December 19, 2018, 04:56:40 PM
Where would someone go about watching this Sunderland 'Til I Die docu, considering I don't have Netflix and and I'm not signing up to the bastards? Cheers
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Post by: DrGreggles on December 19, 2018, 06:23:16 PM
Where would someone go about watching this Sunderland 'Til I Die docu, considering I don't have Netflix and and I'm not signing up to the bastards? Cheers

2 words*: Free month motherfucker!


*plus bonus 'motherfucker'
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Post by: bgmnts on December 19, 2018, 08:23:24 PM
Where would someone go about watching this Sunderland 'Til I Die docu, considering I don't have Netflix and and I'm not signing up to the bastards? Cheers

No idea.

Its a good documentary though.

Rodwell comes across like a prize dickhead and it changed my opinion on Chris Coleman. I have always found the actual inner workings of a football club somewhat fascinating.

Its tough watching for a football fan though I imagine.
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Post by: Bennett Brauer on December 19, 2018, 08:30:52 PM
it changed my opinion on Chris Coleman.

Bad to good?
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Post by: bgmnts on December 19, 2018, 08:57:53 PM
Bad to good?

Aye
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Post by: bgmnts on December 19, 2018, 09:03:41 PM
Fair play that was a top goal from Debbie.

Too easy for Spurs.
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Post by: MuteBanana on December 19, 2018, 09:07:16 PM
FAAAAANTASTIC
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Post by: bgmnts on December 19, 2018, 09:17:08 PM
Some cunt throwing bottles at Debbie.

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Post by: chand on December 19, 2018, 10:19:26 PM
The night Henning Berg chanelled the spirit of Bobby Moore, I recall.

Yeah, he made at least three big interventions over the two legs. The main moment I remember was the chance two minutes into this video, Ze Elias going clean through in the last ten minutes with a chance to level the tie and somehow screwing it a mile wide:

https://youtu.be/9tZh7B7ZbYI
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Post by: Chollis on December 20, 2018, 05:52:17 PM
The Guardian's top100 then lads, what omissions/rankings are we absolutely FUCKING OUTRAGED about?
Personally I think Andy Robertson should probably definitely be in there

https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/dec/18/the-100-best-male-footballers-in-the-world-2018-nos-100-71
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 20, 2018, 05:58:02 PM
Tery and Rio
Lamps and Gerrard
Defoe
Joe Cole world class
I've always said Crouchie can do a job
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on December 20, 2018, 06:06:12 PM
The Guardian's top100 then lads, what omissions/rankings are we absolutely FUCKING OUTRAGED about?
Personally I think Andy Robertson should probably definitely be in there

https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/dec/18/the-100-best-male-footballers-in-the-world-2018-nos-100-71

maybe he's in the top 10
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on December 20, 2018, 08:15:41 PM
Giroud managed to get in there somehow.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 20, 2018, 09:19:17 PM
Tery and Rio
Lamps and Gerrard
Defoe
Joe Cole world class
I've always said Crouchie can do a job

Not enough Andy Carroll off the bench, 7/10.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 21, 2018, 11:29:50 PM
Oh, playing on Friday night were we?
Friday before Christmas, when famously no one has anything else on.
Only one live game on Sunday so, if it has to be on TV, why not play it then?

Sky Sports pricks.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on December 22, 2018, 09:17:30 AM
My dad's mate can't go, and so I'm being lent his ticket to Chelsea vs Leicester today. They don't normally allow SJW's like me in! I will be reporting any racists to the police.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: kalowski on December 22, 2018, 09:41:01 AM
Oh, playing on Friday night were we?
Friday before Christmas, when famously no one has anything else on.
Only one live game on Sunday so, if it has to be on TV, why not play it then?

Sky Sports pricks.
Mad Friday!!!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: wooders1978 on December 22, 2018, 11:32:18 AM
Pogba before David silva, lol
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 22, 2018, 03:39:50 PM
Andros FUCKING Townsend!!!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 22, 2018, 04:15:29 PM
City getting hammered by palace, just as we all predicted.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 22, 2018, 04:56:25 PM
City getting hammered by palace, just as we all predicted.

Man City and Chelsea both beaten at home!
Whatever next - Man U win away!?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on December 22, 2018, 06:16:09 PM
I think there's some actual law that a Premiership team suddenly starts playing 100 times better after the departure of a high profile manager.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on December 22, 2018, 06:19:33 PM
I think there's some actual law that a Premiership team suddenly starts playing 100 times better after the departure of a high profile manager.

To be fair, United are playing Cardiff City. They should be smashing them.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Thursday on December 22, 2018, 06:20:30 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DvCl9vnXgAExUAK.jpg)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on December 23, 2018, 05:17:28 AM
Oooh Man City

They don't like it up em
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Gulftastic on December 23, 2018, 03:24:44 PM
A thrilla in the Villa.

Leeds top o' the table for Xmas!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Unknown on December 23, 2018, 03:27:05 PM
There aren't enough words to describe how garbage our defence is.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: The Unknown on December 23, 2018, 03:29:24 PM
Once again, cheers Bruce.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 23, 2018, 03:37:24 PM
Everton in the bottom half? Who knew!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 23, 2018, 04:33:37 PM
A thrilla in the Villa.

Leeds top o' the table for Xmas!

Mate of mine was at the game and texted me at half time to wake me up and make sure I was watching. More fool him!

I laughed when the 3rd went in. ‘Twas ever thus.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Chollis on December 23, 2018, 05:08:54 PM
Silva's Everton are just Martinez's Everton without the good first year
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: DrGreggles on December 23, 2018, 05:11:15 PM
Nice of both teams to give their defence the day off.
Last minute shopping to do, no doubt.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 23, 2018, 05:57:03 PM
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17:17
EVERTON 2-4 TOTTENHAM

59: Everton are looking more threatening since scoring their second goal. They have managed to keep the ball better and also tighten up at the back.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: imitationleather on December 23, 2018, 06:34:08 PM
I'm sat in a pool of my own cum, Clive.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 23, 2018, 06:46:37 PM
Silva confirms game would have been different if a different thing had happened.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 23, 2018, 07:12:47 PM
Benfica 6-2 Braga on Freesports

Just what you want for casual viewing, fucking raining goals.
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 23, 2018, 07:26:35 PM
Has va va voom renault-man relegated Monaco yet?

Edit: just had a look, he’s not there yet but he’s on his way. Stay the course, Thierry!
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 23, 2018, 07:28:49 PM
Has va va voom renault-man relegated Monaco yet?

Worse than that - it isn't even there any more.

Yep, just checked. Gone.

Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: bgmnts on December 23, 2018, 07:46:48 PM
Fucking hell how has Henry done SO badly with Monaco?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on December 23, 2018, 08:51:22 PM
Fucking hell how has Henry done SO badly with Monaco?

fifteen players are injured
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 23, 2018, 09:13:41 PM
What’s Guingamp’s excuse?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: chveik on December 23, 2018, 09:35:06 PM
What’s Guingamp’s excuse?

funny you should ask that, my parents live near Guingamp, and I was in high school there. awful, awful town
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 23, 2018, 09:35:36 PM
funny you should ask that, my parents live near Guingamp, and I was in high school there. awful, awful town

Improved once you left...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 23, 2018, 09:47:33 PM
fifteen players are injured

They still managed a 0-2 home loss to bottom of the table doomed-outfit Guingamp.

Perennial Jorge Mendes cash-cow Mr Falcao did not score :(
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: anonymousguy on December 24, 2018, 01:12:53 AM
Fucking hell how has Henry done SO badly with Monaco?

I watched them lose 3-0 to Lyon recently. They got a red card like 2 seconds into the second half, which makes you wonder what Henry was telling them at half time.

But as chveik said, a deluge of injuries, paired with a rookie manager and a transfer policy of selling their best players each season. It's also going to shit behind the scenes too with their billionaire owner mired in various bribery allegations.

https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/a6gfyk/what_a_lot_of_people_dont_speak_about_monaco/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/a6gfyk/what_a_lot_of_people_dont_speak_about_monaco/)
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 24, 2018, 05:22:18 PM
Quote
They got a red card like 2 seconds into the second half, which makes you wonder what Henry was telling them at half time.

Garçons, go out and shag the arse off the fucking cunts
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: im barry bethel on December 24, 2018, 06:44:14 PM
Fucking hell how has Henry done SO badly with Monaco?

Mbappe
Silva
Lemar
Fabinho
Moutinho
Bakayoko
Mendy
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: kalowski on December 24, 2018, 06:53:14 PM
Mbappe
Silva
Lemar
Fabinho
Moutinho
Bakayoko
Mendy
Mornington Crescent?
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Bobby Treetops on December 24, 2018, 09:51:36 PM
Monaca are like Tottenham in an alternative universe.

Edit - Monaco are like Tottenham in a few season's time.

Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: thraxx on December 25, 2018, 01:13:41 PM
Mornington Crescent?

No no no, this is called Ian Culverhouse, get with the times dude...
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: Shoulders?-Stomach! on December 25, 2018, 01:40:43 PM
Mbappe
Silva
Lemar
Fabinho
Moutinho
Bakayoko
Mendy

Yes but quite notably most of the French league don't have those players or anywhere near their quality either.

It's like giving yourself food poisoning after having had tonsillitis, but with a football and grass and a man
Title: Re: Ball, Ball, Ball - Footy, Footy, Footy: 2018/2019
Post by: FerriswheelBueller on December 25, 2018, 03:30:18 PM