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Re: The Football

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:38

I was just reading the reports and got a bit emotional. Must be the dust in here.

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Re: The Football

Post by Wheatabeat » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:09

a layer of chips wrote: Meanwhile, Nigel Jemson and I are on first name terms through work. I totally forgot he played for Town until he mentioned it.
Can you tell him that he made me cry in 1990 please Sam.
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Re: The Football

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:48

Will do, boss.

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Re: The Football

Post by Trev » Wed Jan 23, 2013 20:37

My nerves are shot. 45 minutes to go.
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Re: The Football

Post by leon » Wed Jan 23, 2013 23:25

Congratulations Trev! So glad we're playing you and not Chelsea. I want it to be a day to remember win or lose and I'd far rather lose to a club like Swansea. Still want to win though, obviously.
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Re: The Football

Post by humblebee » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:00

This is the already the best cup final ever.

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Re: The Football

Post by indiansummer » Thu Jan 24, 2013 16:26

top, top work from the graun's fiver today:
As exercises in deflection go, it was Lord Ferg-esque in its genius. With the clock ticking down and the jig almost certainly up for Chelsea, Eden Hazard hit upon a splendid wheeze to divert attention away from his side's limp Milk Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Swansea. By hoofing an uncooperative ballboy in the ribs and getting sent off, the Belgian ensured all talk after the match would be about that particular incident rather than the listless Big Cup champions being humbled by Swansea, who had just qualified for their first major final in ... ah, what's the use: LOOK! EDEN HAZARD KICKED A BALL BOY!

It was one of those incidents that we're supposed to pretend we don't like to see in the game, when in fact it is one of those incidents everyone secretly loves to see in the game: an uncooperative ballboy getting hoofed in the ribs by a player who needed the ball in a hurry. He wasn't hurt, kind of deserved it and the player got sent off to think about what he'd done and after the match they apologised to each other and both shook hands.

Those who were either entertained and amused, or outraged and ready to burst with pomposity at the horror of it all, got their money's worth. Hats off, then, to the inevitable bozo who felt compelled to report the matter to the police; we can only hope the officers consequently assigned to investigate it were diverted from their duties while en route to stop a burglary in progress at the hand-wringer in question's house [FIVER STOP PRESS ED – Swansea have confirmed the ballboy, Charlie Morgan, will not be pursuing the incident with the police].

It got better. It turns out the hero of the story, Morgan, was in fact 17 years old (Eden Hazard is 22 and smaller than him) and actually a reluctant former ballboy who had been lured out of retirement for one last job, possibly because the match kicked off after the usual ballboy's bedtime. "The king of all ballboys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting" he had tweeted prior to the game. And in a story with parallels to Unforgiven and many other movies, he shipped one in the ribs while taking care of business like William Munny, but lived to tell the tale. Of course only time will tell whether or not he will move to San Francisco and set up a prosperous dry goods business, but if he chooses to do so, the Fiver wishes him well.

After a magnificently entertaining night and day of nonsense in which young master Morgan earned his bunk in next year's Celebrity Big Brother house, Glenn Hoddle labelled an impulsive teenager "bent", the internet threatened to melt like Major Toht's face in Raiders of the Lost Ark and the normally sane Pat Nevin went on the national news (the national news! ) to demand an end to ballboys, and the FA has now announced it will review the incident before deciding how long the obviously contrite Hazard should spend on the naughty step. The only way this could have been more entertaining is if it had been Luis Suarez administering the hoofing.
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Re: The Football

Post by Wheatabeat » Sat Jan 26, 2013 17:12

Y'know, it's Saturday afternoon, For some strange reason I'm watching a spurious internet feed of a Fenerbahce match and naturally I'm genning up about Turkish football on wikipedia and I came across this about the Turkish team Istanbul BB.
Fan group Boz Baykuşlar

Until recently IBB hardly had any supporters, despite playing in the country's largest stadium every home game felt like an away match. For years the Atatürk Olympic Stadium was the centerpiece to a strange spectacle, the only supporters in the stands would be fans of opposition teams. However, recently the team has won over some followers and they founded a supporter group called the, ‘Boz Baykuşlar’ (Grey Owls).

They are one of the most unusual supporter groups in Turkey, their numbers are small and they never engage in hooliganism, violence or insulting the opposition. They are renowned for their witty slogans, "Bize her yer deplasman!" (Everywhere is away for us), "Hakem haklı beyler!" (The referee is right guys), ‘Maç Var Dediler Geldik!’ (They said there was a game being played so we thought we’d come along).[1]
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Re: The Football

Post by humblebee » Sun Jan 27, 2013 15:22

Hee, that's ace!

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Re: The Football

Post by humblebee » Sun Jan 27, 2013 22:48

The season just gets better for Anorak. Someone go and make sure Wheatabeat gets home alright, could you?

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Re: The Football

Post by Wheatabeat » Sun Jan 27, 2013 23:59

humblebee wrote:The season just gets better for Anorak. Someone go and make sure Wheatabeat gets home alright, could you?
I've been watching Bradford on telly this season, whilst being really happy for their achievements, just wanted to experience that shit again. It's been 5 years since we won at Goodison Park, and the feeling that day was magical. But today, wow. I hate to roll out those 'magic of the cup' cliche's but that had it all didn't it. Blood and thunder. Big, powerful centre-forward ruffling a few gilded feathers. Pitch invasion.

And the strangest thing? We're going to sack Paul Dickov this week. Mental.
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Re: The Football

Post by indiansummer » Mon Jan 28, 2013 08:49

i'm shitting it a bit, to be honest

i know we should win, but we've been a bit shit lately, and for the first time under Moyes we look a bit suspect when faced with more combative, hard-working sides that shut us out (not that i'm suggesting oldham are 70s leeds or anything)

we're like a shit arsenal with long ball options, basically

and two of our best players appear to be crocks

an oldham win wouldn't surprise me given our recent anaemic displays
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Re: The Football

Post by Wheatabeat » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:18

indiansummer wrote:i'm shitting it a bit, to be honest
Nah, I think you'll do a far more professional job on us Will. Moyes has been there before, it's the 5th round and a real chance to progress. You'll have a fully-loaded side out. Plus, I think we exhausted all our luck yesterday.
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Re: The Football

Post by crystalball » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:26

Wheatabeat wrote:Y'know, it's Saturday afternoon, For some strange reason I'm watching a spurious internet feed of a Fenerbahce match and naturally I'm genning up about Turkish football on wikipedia and I came across this about the Turkish team Istanbul BB.
Fan group Boz Baykuşlar

Until recently IBB hardly had any supporters, despite playing in the country's largest stadium every home game felt like an away match. For years the Atatürk Olympic Stadium was the centerpiece to a strange spectacle, the only supporters in the stands would be fans of opposition teams. However, recently the team has won over some followers and they founded a supporter group called the, ‘Boz Baykuşlar’ (Grey Owls).

They are one of the most unusual supporter groups in Turkey, their numbers are small and they never engage in hooliganism, violence or insulting the opposition. They are renowned for their witty slogans, "Bize her yer deplasman!" (Everywhere is away for us), "Hakem haklı beyler!" (The referee is right guys), ‘Maç Var Dediler Geldik!’ (They said there was a game being played so we thought we’d come along).[1]
Awww!
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Re: The Football

Post by sweepingthenation » Wed Jan 30, 2013 21:57

Fitting that a day of unparallelled Premier League non-trickle-down heavy spending, heavily trailed and covered by Sky, that has nothing to do with results has become one of the biggest events in the football calendar.

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Re: The Football

Post by Mr Bear » Thu Jan 31, 2013 09:37

sweepingthenation wrote:Fitting that a day of unparallelled Premier League non-trickle-down heavy spending, heavily trailed and covered by Sky, that has nothing to do with results has become one of the biggest events in the football calendar.
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Re: The Football

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jan 31, 2013 09:40

AAARRRGGHHHHH!

You can just hear him saying: "Crouchy", can't you?

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Re: The Football

Post by indiansummer » Thu Jan 31, 2013 09:50

he's saying 'bentley' today, apparently
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Re: The Football

Post by sweepingthenation » Fri Feb 01, 2013 06:26

Surprise move of the transfer window: Jonathan Meades to Wimbledon. Surely playing in dark glasses can't help.

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Re: The Football

Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Feb 01, 2013 06:26

...... Oh.... ....dear....

...right.... Erm.... Well.... Who needs a striker anyway? That's just making it too easy.

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