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  1. callan

    Question Tin of Sweets for Xmas

    With the festive season about to come into full swing, and having completed the budget you can imagine my Joy when despite the credit crunches worst efforts, we have enough money to buy a tin of sweets for christmas. Now I'm no grinch when it comes to the season of goodwill, so hastily arranged...
  2. Dick Bate's Protege

    Question Ron's next statement

    Unless I'm mistaken Ron Martin hasn't made the promised pre weekend statement yet. Is he preparing it for tonight, followed by a gallant pitchside stroll laping up the crowds applause?
  3. SUFC Forever

    Ron Martin...

    So all the rumours of our financial problems and possible administration have now been confirmed as true then. As one of the "mug punters" conned by Martin and his cohorts into believing that we could help our club by buying shares in it, with promises of a wonderous future and sparkling...
  4. Slipperduke

    White Hart Lane

    I always enjoy a trip to White Hart Lane. Sure, it's in the middle of the north-east London badlands, a destination made even more remote by London Transport's fascination with shutting down the tube on match day, but there are consolations. For starters, there's the stadium itself, a hulking...
  5. Aberdeen Shrimper

    Mr Bechtel....I salute you Sir!!

    One thing about the Aussies is that their hearts and humour are always in the right place! T. B. Bechtel, a City Councillor from Newcastle, Australia, was asked on a local live radio talk show, just what he thought about the allegations of torture of suspected terrorists. His reply...
  6. Lester Bangs

    Peter Clarke

    Seems like our ex defender was mixing it up with the Newcastle players in a friendly tonight. http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/Beye-melee-mars-Toon39s-Terriers.5480574.jp Interesting to see he was named Captain, I didnt realise he'd be getting the armband.
  7. fbm

    Isn't it amazing...

    ...how we now all feel so upbeat when less than a week ago we were ready to hang ourselves. Tilly and Brush were being hauled over the coals for not signing Worley and Saah (or hardly anyone for that matter) and I actually think people thought we'd start at the back on Saturday with youth...
  8. Question Minutes silence

    As CS said, there was a minutes silence yesterday at Ipswich in recognition of Bobby Robson. What i was wondering, what is better? Minute silence? applause? or singing i.e. theres only one bobby robson... Personally i think the Singing is the best idea. Closely followed by applause. What do...
  9. Filthiest Bird Ever Nailed.

    Thats right folks there are plenty about especially in Essex. Mine has to be an old taffy bird I nailed in Greece with the cockroach, she was a dead ringer for Irene from home and away but with corn beaf legs. Anyway there we were in bar drinking some cheap horrible vodka in pints and these...
  10. Ron Manager

    The Duckworth Lewis Method

    A new 'band' featuring the genius of Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy, check out the lyrics on Jiggery Pokery, pure genius - 'Twas the first test of the Ashes series 1993. Australia had only managed 289 and we.... felt all was going to plan that first innings at Old Trafford, then Merv Hughes...
  11. Exiled Shrimper

    Vying for the number three spot

    Forget the X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent or Strictly Come Dancing, there was only one audition to attend this weekend as three prospective England batsmen took to the crease to try and force their way back into the international reckoning. England must now long for the days when a succession...
  12. Slipperduke

    Villa Fans Need A Reality Check

    The Premier League table has an eerily familiar look, doesn't it? In amongst the excitement of Liverpool's emphatic victory at Old Trafford and the discovery of stardust in the boots of Andrey Arshavin, this was the weekend when Aston Villa finally dipped out of the top four. There can't be many...
  13. Yorkshire Blue

    SZ's Southend United Hall of Fame - Billy Best

    I never saw Billy Best play. What I have seen was the reverence that those who had, hold Billy Best. The mere mention of his name and fans of a certain age go all misty-eyed. I first noticed this phenomenon in 1993. I knew Stan was good, but I wasn't at that stage sure quite how good he was...
  14. Benfleet A1

    Our little trip to Chelsea

    I awoke at 4am in need of a wee and stumbled out of bed. One empty bladder later I attempted to get back to the land of nod, no chance. So I surfaced, got dressed and tip toed into the kitchen for a cuppa. Got bored with the telly so tormented the cat for a while by making out I was going to let...
  15. Slipperduke

    Nervous Gunners Slip Through

    Cesc Fabregas is the youngest Arsenal captain since Tony Adams and, appropriately enough, the new era began much like the old one. The Gunners were tentative and unsure of themselves, but recovered their composure to sneak a victory. One nil to the Arsenal? Meet the new boss, same as the old...
  16. Slipperduke

    Rafa's Poisonous Glow

    There is a frog in Central America, the strawberry poison dart frog, that is born bright red as a warning to predators of the poison that lurks in its blood stream. It is not the only creature whose colour signifies danger. Certain snakes, insects and the oft-spotted Rafa Benitez all share the...
  17. Smiffy

    Touching Story...

    Makes you realise how lucky we are. Let's make sure they get the round of applause they deserve and may they win there own battles within. http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/local_news/southend/3803286.Bravest_mascots_take_to_the_pitch/
  18. Phil Jupitus/Brian Dear

    I don't know if anybody else has posted this from Phil Jupitus' column in today's The Game section of the Times:- "Recently I met Brian Dear, a West Ham great who, in April 1965 scored 5 times in a 6-1 trouncing of West Bromwich Albion, a record for the quickest 5 goals that still stands today...
  19. Slipperduke

    The Kids Are More Than Alright

    Arsene Wenger stared down his inquisitor and smiled. Just half an hour after his young Arsenal side had demolished Sheffield United by six goals, the old quote, "You can't win anything with kids," had been offered up to him. "These players," he said levellely, "do not play like kids." They...
  20. Slipperduke

    Scolari Still Not Happy

    Under ordinary circumstances with an ordinary manager, a 4-0 victory in the Champions League might be considered worthy of celebration. However, it is rapidly becoming apparent that Luiz Felipe Scolari is very far from ordinary. "We did not play very well," he complained afterwards. "We made...