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  1. Sherif H

    Speedway - Big Events over the next few days!!

    Evening all, For those Speedway fans out there on SZ, you'll probs be aware that there are some big end-of-season fixtures coming up. Tonight sees the penultimate Grand Prix in Terenzano, Italy - Jason Crump is hot on the tail of Pole, Tomasz Gollob. Tomorrow sees the Premier League Riders...
  2. OldBlueLady

    SZ's Southend United Hall of Fame 7th Round Nominations

    SZ's Southend United Hall of Fame (courtesy of Yorkshire Blue) For a bit of fun and to honour our club's history, I propose starting a SZ Hall of Fame to recognise the true legends of Southend United. The words legend and great are bandied about a bit too often for my liking, I'd like our Hall...
  3. MrB

    OD - Week 5

    ShrimperZone CC v Gatley Ouch. Existing FC champions Gatley roll up at Garon Park including 500k batsman Jenny. Muse managed to grind out a draw with them in FC last week with these ratings: Southend Gatley Top Order: masterful elite Middle Order: miraculous elite Lower Order: competent...
  4. Slipperduke

    English Football Not ****ed. Yet.

    For the first time since 2003, the Champions League will enter the semi-final stage without English involvement. Lyon, bane of Liverpool, will play Manchester United’s conquerors, Bayern Munich, while Barcelona will bound on from their mauling of Arsenal by taking on Inter Milan, the club who...
  5. Napster

    Phil Gridelet

    Now head of "Elite Soccer Academy", based in Middlesex. Two testimonials come from ex-Shrimpers. http://www.elitesocceracademy.eu/index.php
  6. Dismantling a lap top

    Folks, The power connection on my old laptop has come lose and probably needs soldering, however despite me taking out every single screw I can find, it still won't come apart. Any ideas why? It's a Toshiba Sattelite Pro 1200. Ta in advance.
  7. Slipperduke

    City Must Be Patient

    There's no doubt about the identity of this weekend's biggest fixture, is there? It is, as we have said many times already this campaign, 'a big weekend for Rafa Benitez'. Mind you, it's an even bigger one for Mark Hughes. After splashing more money than Victoria Beckham and Coleen Rooney...
  8. Pale Blue Dot

    the rules of lighter theft

    Here below are the official rules of stealing other people's lighters. Although stealing lighters is despicable and morally wrong, it is always going to happen whether it be an accident or you're going all out to steal it.So I have written the OFFICIAL rules of stealing lighters so we all have a...
  9. Slipperduke

    A Big Cheer For Little Clubs

    Bit of a new one this, it's for the Irish Examiner's football supplement, currently rolling off the presses as I type. Bit more wordy than the usual fare and with more Anglo-centric references. Anyway, give it a go and let me know what you think, it helps to have feedback with new stuff... If...
  10. Mad Cyril

    Elite is 25.

    Elite is 25.
  11. seany t

    Why are transfers so hard to conclude in the modern era and where does it leave us?

    As it's all doom and gloom around here (perhaps a little unsurprisingly) I thought a topic to discuss in the meantime might be in order. So I thought we could discuss WHY transfers are so hard to conclude nowadays. Here's my lot: For a start, I think it's due to escalated prices. The top teams...
  12. Slipperduke

    I Hope Arsene's Wrong

    I HOPE ARSENE'S WRONG How fantastic was this weekend's football? There was Arsenal's emphatic destruction of Everton and Liverpool's surprising stumble at White Hart Lane. Manchester United and Chelsea got their three points, but only after being made to work for them by two teams that no-one...
  13. Aberdeen Shrimper

    If there was a Civil War??

    One of Glasgow’s comments on another thread prompted me to start this one. Imagine that Civil War broke out in the UK and you were put in charge of a unit of 10 men/women. These 10 men/women would be the elite of the elite and all hand chosen by yourself from fellow Zone members. You...
  14. Slipperduke

    The Season's Most Definitive Preview

    All summer long I've been dreading this moment. The time when I have to stop procrastinating, stop talking myself into corners and finally sit down to write my annual predictions preview of the season. No word of a lie, I've been struggling with this all summer. I've never known a season to be...
  15. Stats

    English County System Needs A Revamp

    Having spent time out in Australia last xmas I watched quite a bit of cricket, both International and State. One obvious thing is there are only 6 Aussie state sides compared to 18 English county sides. They dont use overseas players in 4 day games therefore every game will see 22 Australians...
  16. Slipperduke

    I Heart Peter Crouch

    I have to confess to a guilty pleasure. I love Peter Crouch. I really do. I don't want to go and choose curtains with him, you understand, or look into civil partnerships or anything like that. No, my affection towards him is more of a paternal love. When fortunes turn against him, it burns me...
  17. Rusty Shackleford

    X-Files Special: Prince of Wales really is a Charlie

    From Mark Steyn writing on NRO: According to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, we only have 96 months left to save the planet. I’m impressed. 96 months. Not 95. Not 97. July 2017. Put it in your diary. Usually the warm-mongers stick to the same old drone that we only have ten years left...
  18. Slipperduke

    Rafa At Boiling Point

    I love this time of the year. It's always mid-July when you first start to feel those tingles of anticipation.. It only ever takes something small to set you off on a glorious meander around the inside of your head, fantasising about the new campaign. The realisation that the first pre-season...
  19. Tommy2holes

    Lets get promoted on a shoestring

    Lets be honest we have no money , well atleast until the new stadium is built (still not sure if it will). But when we last won this league, a different and much easier league back then, we had lower league players who where hungry aggressive and although not blessed with skill where the type...
  20. Slipperduke

    Success? No Chance

    At opposite ends of the country, two ill-fated and short-lived eras are coming to an end. In East London, the unintentionally hilarious reign of Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson is already over. In Newcastle, Mike Ashley has desperately slapped a GBP100m price tag on the front of St James Park in the hope...