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  1. Slipperduke

    Referees Are Cowards

    Another year, another desperate attempt by the Football Association to regain some semblance of control over their sport. This week's announcement that managers will no longer be able to criticise referees before the game has even started is just the latest in a series of inadequate sticking...
  2. Slipperduke

    Sven Will It Go Wrong?

    In 2001, in the wake of the dotcom crash, I lost my job. For 18 months, I had been the deputy shift leader of a surly band of financial journalists, charged with staying up all night and reviewing the first editions of the newspapers for a raft of corporate clients. It wasn't much, but it was a...
  3. Numphgirl

    Government role for Apprentice star Alan Sugar

    Just read this on yahoo news, what are peoples thoughts ? Sir Alan Sugar will receive a peerage as part of a new enterprise role in the Government, a source has said. Sir Alan Sugar is to receive a peerage as part of a new enterprise role in the Government The businessman, star of BBC's The...
  4. 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...
  5. Slipperduke

    Gerrard Is The Write Stuff

    Steven Gerrard is the Football Writer's Player of the Year. That's better. You see, if you want something done properly, ask a journalist. Admittedly, that saying only holds water if what you want is to have someone drink all the beer in your fridge, or spell something incorrectly, but for once...
  6. Slipperduke

    England were crap

    So we were right all along, were we? All those criticisms of Steve McClaren's England, the ones that were constantly rebuffed by the players, the accusations that they cared only about themselves, they were all true? Shocking. I am so surprised I shall have to pick my jawbone up off the floor...
  7. Slipperduke

    Brave Arsenal Squeeze Through

    Roma 1-0 Arsenal (6-7 on pens) (Juan, 9) We've always known that Arsenal's kids are talented. Now we know that they're brave as well. After an energy-sapping 120 minutes in the Stadio Olimpico, 111 of them played without their single goal safety net, they picked themselves up off the floor and...
  8. South Bank Hank

    Post-Match Thread and Ratings Col Ewe 0-1 Southend United

    One of those great days in football... the sun shining, our first visit to a new ground, a full away allocation, plenty of needle and lots of reasons to laugh at your neighbours who couldn't even fill their tiny stadium on a day like today when Southend were in town having failed to win away for...
  9. Thorpe Groyney

    High Praise From Essex Rival

    It's not often that Southend United are praised in a local rival's publication but this is what will be appearing in one club's upcoming programme: - "hats off to Southend United, the pride of Essex this week, who stunned the football world with a superb 1-1 draw at...
  10. The Big Dady

    Brighton's New Stadium

    Brighton's New Stadium starts on 17th Dec Dream will become a reality when work starts on Falmer Some dates are imprinted in the minds of Albion fans. May 21, 1983, and April 26, 1997, are two obvious examples. Now December 17, 2008, can be added to the list. A quarter of a century after...
  11. Rusty Shackleford

    A Bit Late in the Day, But Still Great

    From the Daily Mash, the day after the US Election: BARACK Obama swept to victory last night as millions of Americans lapped up all that ******** about change. 'Change... Yeah... Sure' The Illinois senator made history as the first black American to become President and the 44th man to win...
  12. 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...
  13. Calling all web developers!

    Bit of a long shot but.... Has anyone ever used the multi-user version of Wordpress (Content Management System)? I've noticed that the image upload area of it doesn't work. Its because the files are being uploaded to one directory and all the scripts that make up the site believe they've been...
  14. Slipperduke

    Good Golly, It's Jolly From The Wally With The Brolly

    Home is where the points are. After two successive defeats on the road, Manchester City returned to form at The Eastlands, picking up a much needed 3-2 victory over FC Twente, but they were really made to work for it by Steve McClaren's new team. England, under the former Middlesbrough...
  15. Stats

    Ashley Cole - Top Bloke or Tool

    Seems to be hot topic of discussion at the moment, booed by certain sections of the Wembley crowd at the weekend. Cant help thinking that Cole's recent actions have prompted it though I mean had Rio, Upson or any other of that team made the mistake they certainly wouldnt of got booed...
  16. multi cultures good or bad?

    canvershrimper suggested a different thread on this topic so here it is. can we have reasonable responses ie NO racist lingo. personally, i think the sheer numbers who have come to these shores is frankly appalling. the infrastructure of this country cannot support the vast amounts who...
  17. Uncle Leo

    There's only two Lee Barnards

    Good to see that when Lee Barnard isn't busy firing in the goals for us he's busy running for Congress. Of course, he's not the only multi-tasking Shrimper (past or present). Jason Lee has starred in My Name Is Earl, whilst Mike Marsh was a very handy 200m runner In the warm glow of last...
  18. Rusty Shackleford

    Orange, stick to mobile phones.....

    and leave the attempted social engineering to the BBC. That advert which involves the unlikely combination of Busta Rhymes and volunteer work is the most pathetic attempt to portray Britain's 'multi-cultural' youth as a cool but caring body of misunderstood young saints. The girls in that ad...
  19. Slipperduke

    Fear The Andorrans!

    The time for talking is over. Platitudes have no place on the pitch, especially when the going gets as tough as it will on Saturday night. Fabio Capello's England will be right up against it when they travel to Spain to face the butchers, bakers and candlestick-makers of Andorra's national...
  20. pickledseal

    Faith Schools

    Apparently there is to be a new report out on Monday trying to persuade Ed Balls to get rid of faith schools (including Catholic, CoE as well as Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and even Greek Orthodox and Seventh Day Adventist). BBC Radio Essex have asked me to briefly speak on their Sunday morning show...