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  1. fbm

    Has there ever been a season...

    ... where the squad and performances have changed so dramatically? Early doors - we have a team rather than a squad and are relying on the youngsters coming through like Jack Bridge and Harry Kyprianou to make up the numbers. Nothing on the bench to improve the side. An ageing gladiator like...
  2. manor15

    Group A - Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon

    Group A, the group of the host nation, and possibly even the favourites. It seems that the draw has been kind to Brazil, and they will be expected to qualify from the group easily. The battle for second place and qualification to the next round will be close, with all three of the other teams...
  3. Well done Crewe

    They played some excellent football, and in a league full of ageing cloggers (Guy Branston) it was really refreshing to see a team of young technical players expressing themselves. Shame it was against us, but they were an impressive outfit.
  4. Sandbach Shrimper

    New Season Predictions

    With the new Premier League season starting tomorrow, what are everyone's predictions for the top 4, bottom 3 and top scorer (along with any other predictions you'd like to offer)? Here's mine: Top 4 - Man United, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool Bottom 3 - Wigan, Swansea, QPR Top scorer - Javier...
  5. Selling Up

    After my foray in the cup has ended, it may be time for me to sell up and rebuild. I've an ageing side and struggling to meet wages. When are prices highest? I'm thinking of selling the likes of Raisani, who won't fetch much anyway, soon and then the most valuable players at the beginning of...
  6. Uncle Leo

    Cheltenham Festival 2011

    Anyone going? Any ante-post tickets being tightly clutched in anticipation? In answer to my own questions - (a) yes, on Gold Cup Day and (b) I've got Recession Proof at 16/1 (now around 10s) for the Supreme Novices Hurdle. If you are going to be punting during the Festival, please bear in mind...
  7. manor15

    Germany

    Germany Manager: Joachim Low Captain: Michael Ballack FIFA Ranking: 6 Group D Background: Third when they hosted the tournament in 2006, Germany enter the 2010 World Cup as one of the favourites in their seventeenth World Cup appearance, only having missed out in 1930 and 1950. However, in...
  8. manor15

    Algeria

    Algeria Manager: Rabah Saadane Captain: Yazid Mansouri FIFA Ranking: 27 Group C Background: Algeria, or les Fennecs (the Desert Foxes), will be making their third World Cup appearance after appearing twice consecutively in 1982 and 1986, exiting at the group stage on both occasions. Algeria's...
  9. The Storm on Stamford Bridge

    When John Terry was jeered off the White Hart Lane turf by the Tottenham faithful, it marked what could become a tense and altogether uncomfortable climax to the season. As they pray for a similar fate to befall their title rivals next weekend, however, a far greater storm awaits on the horizon...
  10. Why I Own A Green And Gold Scarf...

    I’m not a Manchester United fan. When Freddy Eastwood dispatched a venomous 25-yard free kick past Tomasz Kuszczack in the Carling Cup, I was as ecstatic as every other Southend supporter crammed into Roots Hall. I do, however, own a green and gold scarf. Supporters are funny groups of people...
  11. pickledseal

    W995 vs Nokia dilema

    As mentioned on here previously, got a W995 free in the post with a digital photo frame that you could wifi/bluetooth photos too. It's the red edition. Not sure whether to use it or not... I have an ageing Nokia E65 which I love and has been good to me. I could easily replace it with this Sony...
  12. My take on Revell and Betsy and other things

    I know there are lots of other threads on this but here is my take on it. Revell: I am inclined to believe that he did possibly want out and may have had little future at the club. Bear in mind he wasn't in the starting eleven until very recently and these games may well have been last chance...
  13. DTS

    Question Lost players over the past few seasons.

    Not wanting this to turn into a Ron bashing thread but I find it really alarming when you consider the players we have lost over the past seasons that have never really been even closed to replaced. Hammell has only been part covered by some quality loaness, since JCR and Gowers departure we...
  14. Slipperduke

    Who Would You Be? Bill or Roman?

    Who would you rather be this summer? Multi-billionaire owner of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich or reasonably wealthy owner of Everton, Bill Kenwright. Think carefully before you choose, there's more to this than meets the eye. Kenwright may have left Wembley empty-handed on Saturday night, but at...
  15. Slipperduke

    No More 4-4-2!

    Fabio Capello has much to ponder. Though certain sections of the UK press appear to have an unhealthy obsession with an ageing bit-part midfielder and his quest for caps, the real question mark hangs over the structure of the England team. Capello has said that he will be taking this evening's...
  16. Slipperduke

    History Will Reward Liverpool

    This week, a friend of mine bound for pastures new bestowed upon me her collection of old football magazines. I can't begin to explain how exciting this is to someone like me. You see, my friend's magazine collection is taller than her and it stretches back through the years to historic...
  17. Slipperduke

    Scolari's Not To Blame

    Luis Felipe Scolari may have paid the price for Chelsea's bleak midwinter, but who was really to blame for the club's decline in form? The Brazilian boss may have made mistakes in his short reign at Stamford Bridge, but he was never given the tools he needed to rebuild an ageing squad. It was...
  18. Slipperduke

    Chelsea Need To Look In The Mirror

    Mike Riley may have cost them the game, but it is Chelsea's under-performing superstars who have cost themselves the title. Even before the ludicrous dismissal of Frank Lampard, the Blues had barely threatened Liverpool's goal and some of their players need to ask themselves some serious...
  19. Slipperduke

    Victory For Football? Not Quite...

    Finally someone listened to Kaka. Throughout this entire silly episode, the Brazilian midfielder has begged and pleaded with the AC Milan management not to sell him to Manchester City. He has told them that he wants to stay and captain the side. He said that he wanted to grow old at the San...
  20. Slipperduke

    Pre-Match Thread Southend Seek To Add To Scolari's Woes

    Don't panic on the first line, you haven't got the day wrong. This is for tomorrow's paper! Six months ago, who could have believed that Chelsea would see tonight’s trip to Southend as anything other than a formality? For just a brief period at the start of his reign, Luiz Felipe Scolari...
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