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  1. MrB

    New Season - Hopes and Expectations

    This season for me is all about survival in OD, going to be up against it but hopefully we can hold our own and even if we come 5th or 6th, I’d fancy our chances in a play off with a III team as long as my morale isn’t shot to pieces. FC will be tough but if we can field a strong team in every...
  2. Slipperduke

    Don't Panic, Arsene

    As dawn broke on the morning after the worst night of his career, I wonder what Arsene Wenger was doing. For some reason, I imagine him stood at the back door of his house, watching the sun rise slowly over his dew-drenched garden, sipping coffee and shaking his head pensively, wondering what...
  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Breaking News Charlie MacDonald in 442 'Top 50 League Players'

    At Number 48 to be precise. I wouldn't agree with it, but I could understand Hooper being in the Top 50 after what he's done this year (he isn't in, but is named as Scunthorpe's best player), but MacDonald's inclusion is absurd. No Shrimpers in the 50, Peter Clarke gets the nod as our best...
  4. Slipperduke

    Let The Spending Continue!

    If there is to be a dramatic collapse in the finances of the Premier League clubs, it may not happen for a few more years yet. The much-heralded drop-off in those all-important TV revenues have failed to materialise, which is welcome news for those clubs over-burdened with debt. The Times...
  5. Slipperduke

    Post-Match Thread and Ratings Southend United 1-4 Chelsea

    Scolari Safe... For Now Luiz Felipe Scolari may not be in the mood to be pleasant to any of his players after a week of backbiting and under-achievement, but if he has any sense, he'll give Petr Cech a very firm pat on the back. The word 'crisis' may be overused in football, but had it not been...
  6. BalmainShrimper

    Ponting on the mike during 20/20

    During last nights 20/20 here (Aus vs SA), Ricky Ponting was miked up and talking to Tubby Taylor and Warnie during the game. I've never seen this before, but it was brilliant listening to his thoughts on the action as it happened, especially when he was batting and explaining where he was...
  7. Napster

    Mark Bentley and Simon Royce in the Sunday Times

    before their game v Villa From The Sunday TimesJanuary 4, 2009 Aston Villa face Gillingham dogfight Villa’s aristocrats will find Gillingham snapping at their heels Nick Townsend The temperature barely rises above freezing on a raw morning at Gillingham’s Beechings Way training ground but...
  8. Yorkshire Blue

    SZ's Southend United Hall of Fame - 1st round of nominations

    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 of Fame to be exclusive and so that only the elite make it. It...
  9. pickledseal

    Question Chelsea match on TV?

    I know it is not on ITV/Setanta but is it likely to be on in pubs with various 'other' satelite providers?
  10. Slipperduke

    The Never Everton Story

    And so ends a miserable weekend for the more prosperous end of the Premier League. Wigan's narrow victory over a lacklustre Everton at the JJB Stadium meant that, along with every member of the big four failing to score, every team in the top ten failed to win. The victory drags Steve Bruce's...
  11. Slipperduke

    The Gathering Storm

    Imagine the padlocks clinking shut around the Shankly Gates, or the bailiffs moving in at Old Trafford. Imagine half the Premier League collapsing into administration and tumbling down into the lower leagues. According to reports this weekend, it's not as surreal a scenario as you might think...
  12. steveo

    Mara Yamauchi

    Yamauchi was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England to Dorothy and Norman Myers but lived with her family until she was 8 years old in Nairobi, Kenya.[3] She started running with Oxford club, Headington Road Runners, while still at school, but took up running seriously when she was an...
  13. Slipperduke

    The big question facing Portsmouth

    With an FA Cup and back-to-back top ten finishes in the Premier League supported by a raft of promising summer signings, the big question facing Portsmouth this season is whether or not they have what it takes to break into the private party at the top of the table. Are they good enough yet to...
  14. Slipperduke

    The Olympics

    I would have put this on The Slippery Column, but I thought that maybe it would have a wider interest. I think I'm going to get a lot of hate mail for this one.... It has swallowed up half of Rafa Benitez's midfield, savaged Mark Hughes' plans for a successful start, forced AC Milan fans to...
  15. Slipperduke

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Tottenham fans won't be able to draw much comfort from the news that Manchester United have made an official bid for Dimitar Berbatov, but there is at least one bonus; it might shut Emil Danchev up for a while. Berbatov's dastardly agent has been agitating for a move away from White Hart Lane...
  16. Slipperduke

    Euro 2008 part 2

    Even without England's involvement and, in fact, maybe even because of their absence, the European Championships are a mouth-watering prospect. Three weeks of Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Klass-Jan Huntelaaar and Franck Ribery at the top of their professional game, battling for supremacy...
  17. Slipperduke

    A bullet with Avram Grant's name on it.

    He took them to within a slip of the European Cup and a Steve Bennett of the league, but when a bullet with Avram Grant's name on it came whistling in from the Chelsea boardroom it came as a surprise to absolutely no-one. This good, proud man had always been the wrong choice as Jose Mourinho's...
  18. Slipperduke

    Glasgow Rangers reach the final of the UEFA Cup

    Glasgow Rangers reached the final of the UEFA Cup by defending doggedly against superior opposition and then snatching chances on the break, but last night at The City of Manchester Stadium, those tactics finally blew up in Walter Smith's face. For 72 minutes, Zenit St Petersburg bounced off the...
  19. Slipperduke

    Glasgow Rangers v Zenit St Petersburg

    Tired legs against fresh ones, defensive containment against attacking intent; tonight's UEFA Cup Final between Glasgow Rangers and Zenit St Petersburg will be a real clash of strengths and styles, but Dick Advocaat is convinced that he can secure a historic result against his old side. The...
  20. Slipperduke

    "squeaky-bottom time."

    For the first time since 1968, the destination of the title will be decided on the last day between two teams on level points. One slip-up, one mistake, and an entire season's hard work will come crashing down around the ears of one unfortunate manager. Hundreds of millions of people will crowd...