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Re: The Football

Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Dec 08, 2011 18:48

leon wrote: I've never been to Goodison but give me an old fashioned football ground over a stadium anytime.
I love Goodison! Not just because I've happy memories associated to it. It's just such a great ground atmosphere-wise (current issues withstanding of course). Even when I went in a Zenith Data Systems Cup match (Lost 2-3) years ago with about 12,000 in it, it sounded ace. Bramall Lane's similar I think.

Leon: I think Parkinson may have changed his tactics slightly t'other night. We are a side that like to play it, have a couple of flair/pacey players out wide so the order must have been to really lay into those lads. Ironically one of the City players who really should have got a straight red for a massively OTT physical assult on our soft Italian loanee from Man Citeh was Richie Jones. In his season with us last year he never a single beefy tackle in. Not once.
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Re: The Football

Post by indiansummer » Thu Dec 15, 2011 21:39

LANDON FUCKING DONOVAN!

again

for a bit
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Re: The Football

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:52

Boxing Day games, eh? Mince pies for goalposts. The sharing of presents in the centre circle.

What's your best Boxing Day game memory?

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Re: The Football

Post by indiansummer » Mon Dec 19, 2011 14:52

pretty much every boxing day game i've ever been to has been a tedious 0-0 draw

phil brown's on-pitch lecture still stands out as one of the most bizarre managerial decisions of recent years, however
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Re: The Football

Post by tompony » Mon Dec 19, 2011 17:55

I'm going to my first boxing day game for a few years! It's against Crystal Palace. I think the last boxing day game I went to was also against Crystal Palace. I hope it's Crystal Palatial.

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Re: The Football

Post by mkgleeds » Mon Dec 19, 2011 18:00

a layer of chips wrote:Boxing Day games, eh? Mince pies for goalposts. The sharing of presents in the centre circle.

What's your best Boxing Day game memory?
We have a habit of playing either Sunderland or Newcastle away on Boxing Day.
Often a noon KO.
Its a long trek from East Anglia.

So my memory is largely hours of watching the A1 go past in a comatose state.

I do remember going to Bolton once - and wandering around the ground looking for Entrance B as on my ticket - and confused the Entrances were numbered 1,2,3,4 etc - until i realised that i had the ticket for Southampton away 2 days later.

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Re: The Football

Post by Wheatabeat » Mon Dec 19, 2011 19:08

a layer of chips wrote: What's your best Boxing Day game memory?
These are the ones I remember well and went to:

The fixture list kindly churning out an away fixture in 1990 with a 12pm kick off at West Ham. The coach set off at 5am, we got soundly beat 0-2.
Getting a royal humping by Man United 3-6 (and Ryan Giggs in particularly) in 1991
A most emphatic 4-1 hammering of Promotion fancied Wolves in a wet old game at Oldham in 1994.
A really, really satisfying 2-1 home win against the 'fake' Latics of Wigan in 2000, about the time Whelan was splashing the cash.
Winning 2-0 away at Blackpool in 2001 and the most condemned, rickity, life-threatening wooden stand I've ever seen a football match from.
An ace 3-3 draw at Grimsby in 2003. Throwing a 2-1 and then 3-2 victory away against 10 men. (Revenge was taken in the reverse fixture; a 6-0 win).
Taking my nephew to see us beat Bradford City 2-0 in 2005, sparking off a run of 9 festive points out of 9. It put my nephew off though, he didn't like the noise.
A promotion push in 2006 with a 3-2 win at sinking-like-a-stone Rotherham United. Chris Porter was unplayable that day.
A really easy 3-0 away win at Crewe in 2009. We always seem to beat teams that then get relegated.

I love Boxing Day games, but the weather has stopped any in the last two seasons. Managerless Hartlepool at home it is this season.
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Re: The Football

Post by richpassivity » Tue Dec 20, 2011 16:56

tompony wrote:I'm going to my first boxing day game for a few years! It's against Crystal Palace. I think the last boxing day game I went to was also against Crystal Palace. I hope it's Crystal Palatial.
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Post by tompony » Tue Dec 20, 2011 17:42

I don't know, I'm afraid! A friend of mine who has a season ticket has got me a seat in his stand.

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Re: The Football

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Dec 22, 2011 09:51

I think mine was Derby away in 2002 (I think). We had a load of injuries and were expected to get slaughtered. John Oster was playing for us, and he ran rings around them. We won 3-1. Even David Soames scored.

I got home to find my boiler was fucked, and had leaked and shagged the carpet. The cat was walking around with wet legs.

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Re: The Football

Post by indiansummer » Thu Dec 22, 2011 09:56

John Oster looked like a world-beater for us for about six months, til Howard Kendall mk III buggered up his confidence. i genuinely thought he was gonna be a superstar

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Re: The Football

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Dec 22, 2011 09:59

Oster was a bit of a twat though, wasn't he? Mind you, that's footballers.

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Re: The Football

Post by indiansummer » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:01

was he? do go on

we only had him for a year or two, and more than anything else he looked scared for at least half that period
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Re: The Football

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:02

Didn't he shoot a team mate with an air rifle when he was at Sunderland? Sounds a right laff.

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Re: The Football

Post by indiansummer » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:06

christ, he certainly did:
wikipedia wrote:Oster moved to Sunderland for a fee in excess of £1 million, but again failed to find regular form. His low point at the club was when he was involved in an incident that ended the career of reserve player Mark Maley by accidentally shooting him in the eye with an air rifle.
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Re: The Football

Post by bocken » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:55

Not to be confused (as I kind of just did) with Jon Otsemobor, who was shot in the arse in a Liverpool bar.

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Re: The Football

Post by a layer of chips » Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:43

Fuck me, I know our club is a laughing stock, but it's hit a new low today by putting this on its website:

http://www.grimsby-townfc.co.uk/page/Ne ... 23,00.html

Steve Wraith is the accounts manager at the club and has long hair. Does anyone at the club have any idea of what's going on in the wider (footballing) world at the moment?

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Re: The Football

Post by chrissafc25 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:18

John Oster was one of those frustrating players with no end product who would beat 3 men on the wing then put in a cross way over everyone's head. I remember him as always looking like he was around 15 and thinking he should still be at school.

It seems like we always used to play dirty Leeds or Bradford on Boxing Day. Now its usually someone from the NW (Man Utd / Everton / Blackburn) and we nearly always get beat. Worst Boxing Day memory is having a seat in with the home fans at Everton with them jumping around beside me whilst we got stufffed 5-0.
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Re: The Football

Post by leon » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:25

a layer of chips wrote:Fuck me, I know our club is a laughing stock, but it's hit a new low today by putting this on its website:

http://www.grimsby-townfc.co.uk/page/Ne ... 23,00.html

Steve Wraith is the accounts manager at the club and has long hair. Does anyone at the club have any idea of what's going on in the wider (footballing) world at the moment?

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I can't quite believe that they have actually put that on the website.
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Re: The Football

Post by leon » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:28

It seems like we always used to play dirty Leeds or Bradford on Boxing Day.
Didn't you beat us 4-1 at Valley Parade on Boxing Day 2000? That was grim.
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