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  1. Recommended book: The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin

    If anyone else was lucky enough to receive this book as a Christmas present then they will probably be enthusing about it too. Written by sportswriter Michael Calvin it is about football scouts and player recruitment. An engrossing read, it compares how scouting has progressed in some clubs so...
  2. GIBBO

    Ryan Leonard Spotlight

  3. Red Card Roy - Read prologue and first chapter now

    A quick Big Roy update for you! You can now download the bone-splintering prologue and first chapter of Red Card Roy from the Vision Sports Publishing website. Just follow the link to read about the time a young Roy McDonough tried to strangle the referee in a school's cup final…...
  4. Leeboy

    Stan Collymore

  5. Shrimp and two veg

    Essex Pike Anglers Club.

    Alright folks, i used to be shrimp and two veg on here until login decided to meltdown on me. Anyway, in case anyone has ever enjoyed pulling out the toothy critter called pike, we have some great nights talking about this very subject once a month. You don't need to be a P.A.C. member to attend...
  6. Rusty Shackleford

    LOST: The Final Chapter

    The sixth and final season of 'Lost' premieres on Sky One tomorrow night, and your humble entertainment correspondent R Shackleford esq was lucky enough to be invited to an advance screening. (Alright, I downloaded it from EZTV after the Tuesday premiere in the US). I became a huge fan of the...
  7. superblue24

    Found this on QPR's Messageboard

    Ok, so it was sent to me by someone on QPR's messageboard. I have to say that for the most part of this fan rant, I kind of have to agree! Of course, things are bad at QPR, so you can understand where this guy is coming from, but this is rage I have not witnessed very often!
  8. Slipperduke

    SZ Novella - Chapter 8

    Chapter Eight - The Reduced Hypertherpia of the Closed Mancharia Osymandus pulled on a pair of heavy trousers and sucked the fetid air in through his teeth. Behind him, Rick Astley's body congealed silently on the floor, but of all the contributory factors to the awful smell in the room, he was...
  9. Tangled up in Blue

    Football as a business

    Bear with me but the following are some quotes from the above chapter in Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski's excellent "Why England lose (and other curious football phenomena explained)" which I think has a lot of relevance for SUFC's current situation. "Football is neither big business nor good...
  10. Slipperduke

    Nerves Jangle As Race Intensifies

    And that is why you can't write novels about football. It doesn't matter how expertly you construct your prose, nor how gripping your final chapter, the human mind is simply incapable of making the implausible plausible on as regular a basis as reality. Who would dare to write a story about a...
  11. Slipperduke

    SZ Novella - Chapter Seven

    Chapter Seven - A Mystery Wrapped In A Riddle And Clad In A Southend United Scarf Ricey knocked once on the door of Osymandus' cottage. With a loud creak that seemed unnecessarily dramatic, it opened slowly to reveal a gloomy mess, lit only by a handful of candles scattered about the room...
  12. Napster

    Books that made you emotional

    Just read one book that had my eyes start to water. Shaun Goater - the Autobiography. The chapter on the Shrimpers is marvellous. What books have made you emotional, whether scared, anxious, angry, or otherwise.
  13. Tangled up in Blue

    Ron Rant

    Just finished reading the chapter on SUFC in Steve Wignall's autobigraphy which has the catchy little title YOU DO RANT RON RON,YOU DO RANT RON. Seems like everyone else (apart from Wignall himself of course) was responsible for his downfall at Roots Hall.This chiefly includes coach Stewart...
  14. Slipperduke

    SZ Novella - Chapter Six

    Chapter Six - South Of The ShrimperZone? At This Time Of Night? Ricey edged away from Stokes, carefully keeping his eyes shielded from the Red Tube. As tempting as it was to allow himself to wallow in the intense glow of some very, very naughty thoughts, he knew from...well...erm, first hand...
  15. Slipperduke

    SZ Novella - Chapter Five

    Chapter Five - Red Sky At Night, Stokes' Delight Ricey sprinted down the back-alley, feet slipping and sliding on the wet concrete as he went. The sound of a gunshot echoed off the walls and he instinctively ducked, almost falling to the ground. Reaching the end of the passageway, he turned...
  16. Slipperduke

    SZ Novella - Chapter Four

    Chapter Four - We Fade To Grays "Old Blue Lady," grinned Shackleford as she approached the table, holding Ricey carefully by the earlobe. "You came." Old Blue Lady lowered her squirming guest gently onto a barstool and stepped away, leaving him clutching his ear in annoyance and glaring up at...
  17. Slipperduke

    SZ Novella - Chapter Three

    Chapter One http://www.shrimperzone.com/vb/showthread.php?p=930452#post930452 Chapter Two http://www.shrimperzone.com/vb/showthread.php?p=930981#post930981 Chapter Three - Putting Faces To Names "You look...interesting." said Shackleford, peering over the top of his pint glass. "Have you...
  18. Slipperduke

    SZ Novella - Chapter Two

    Chapter One here http://www.shrimperzone.com/vb/showthread.php?t=49964 Chapter Two - Making Your Way In This World Today, Takes Everything You've Got. Shackleford glanced back down the alleyway and patted Ricey on the back. "It's too dangerous to talk here. Come on, I'll take you somewhere...
  19. Slipperduke

    SZ Novella - Chapter One

    Inspired by the truly awesome work of the Shrimperzone Writer's Bureau, I've been clattering away on a full version of this dystopian nightmare, attempting to give it the depth that it deserves. MK Shrimper planted a bug in my head and I really hope that I can do it justice, not least because...
  20. Crabby Shrimper

    What are you reading?

    Well, should say what did you last read really. Received my copy of Football Fables, by our very own Slipperduke, yesterday (after receiving a mail from Amazon telling me it'd be a few more weeks yet!) So, last night, I settled down for bed and thought I'd read a few pages. Some hope! I...