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  1. Slipperduke

    Claude Makelele

    When Roman Abramovich first pumped Chelsea full of roubles in 2003, it sparked a frenzied shopping spree that would have put Coleen Rooney to shame. Hundreds of millions of pounds were splashed out on an array of talent, but I very much doubt if any of it was put to better use than the £16.8m...
  2. Winkle


    Had a rare day off yesterday and was cajouled into watching my daughter play netball in a tornamount. Normally, this is the wifes area but as the beloved was having her hair done, I stepped into the breach as it was and found myself running along the line, baying instructions to my unimpressed...
  3. Slipperduke

    Bristol City v Hull City

    There can’t be many people who, when the Championship season began, thought that today’s SG$120m Play-Off Final would be contested between newly promoted Bristol City and almost relegated Hull City. In fact, if you’d have asked an expert, or even if you’d just have asked me, you’d have been told...
  4. 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...
  5. Slipperduke

    Chelsea v Liverpool

    Frank Lampard has never been the most popular of footballers, certainly not with fans of other clubs, but you'd have to have a heart of stone not to stand up and applaud his astonishing composure after a emotional night at Stamford Bridge. Seconds after seeing a goal they were already busy...
  6. Slipperduke

    Derby v Arsenal

    There was a point in the proceedings at Pride Park when this odd football match crossed an invisible line between disaster and farce. An Arsenal cross looped into the home penalty area, but drifted a little too far and looked to be heading out of play. Derby's wardrobe-shaped Darren Moore...
  7. Just got back

    To my girlfriend's house in Liverpool. First brief impressions: crap game, unimaginative attempts at playing football with intermittent quick forays forward with no real end result (from both sides). The major news has to be Bailey's headbutt on Macca. Exactly what happened and what blows...
  8. Slipperduke

    Michael Ballack and Andreiy Shevchenko

    After a distinctly underwhelming first season in English football, Michael Ballack and Andreiy Shevchenko were derided as hugely expensive flops, but yesterday, they gave Chelsea a real chance of winning their third title in four years. If they do, it will be the most extraordinary and...
  9. The Flying Scotsman

    ShrimperZone FC 1 - Meet the Players

    Ahead of this weekends final taking place on Sunday (2.30 ko) at Burroughs Park (home of Great Wakering FC), it's time to take a look at the squad which helped the Zone achieve promotion in record time, and which now have their sights set on lifting the famous Andy Ward Section G Trophy. It...
  10. Slipperduke

    The Gunners

    Just occasionally, maybe once a year at most, there comes a football match so beautiful, so intense, so frantic and so scoop-your-jaw-up-off-the-floor exciting, that it's all you can do not to fall to the ground and openly weep in thanks that you were able to watch it. This was an epic struggle...
  11. Slipperduke

    Fergie Should Have Stayed Quiet

    You would think that Sir Alex Ferguson would know better, wouldn’t you? The last time he announced retirement plans, before the start of the 2001/02 season, Manchester United completely lost their focus and slumped like a Tottenham player at closing time. Between October and December of that...
  12. Slipperduke

    Ribery Set To Shine

    With Euro 2008 now less than 100 days away and UEFA showing no signs of inexplicably kicking anyone out of the tournament to make room for England, it’s time for acceptance. Naturally, this acceptance will come easier to you than it will to me, which is why I decided to get the heads-up on a few...
  13. BrettieAngell

    Metal Monday (Part ?)

    SUFC_Al has again failed to deliver Metal Monday so I've stepped upto the plate this time. So not having much time to think about it I've gone for a track from the mighty Pantera, a heavy son of a bitch called I'm Broken! Enjoy! Pantera - I'm Broken
  14. a bit of oxford U press

    with an average home gate of 4.5k they must be one of the biggest non-league clubs - i remember they were once in division one - hey ho !!! Pettefer ruled out of Southend clash Comment | Read Comments (6) Carl Pettefer Carl Pettefer's hopes of facing his former club Southend in the FA Cup...
  15. Davros

    Fun and games on C2C last night

    i have just fired this off to C2C customer relations... i think you'll enjoy.. Dear C2C a bemusing journey home last night... Having been kicked off the train at Basildon circa 10.30pm we were told there would be buses soon to take us further onwards. After an hour (and another couple...
  16. sussex by the sea

    Mark Beard

    Saw Horsham play AFC Wimbledon last night in the FA Cup. Mark Beard, who I seem to remember was once named as our FA Cup talisman just before we lost to Doncaster, was playing for the latter. He was in central midfield and played his normal sort of game, running around willingly about 10 yards...

    In Englands Green and Pleasant Land

    An incident occurred in a supermarket recently, when the following was witnessed: A Muslim woman dressed in a Burkha (A black gown & face mask) was standing with her shopping in a queue at the checkout. When it was her turn to be served, and as she reached the cashier, she made a loud remark...
  18. Davros

    One to Start the Weekend (week 23)

    This weeks one to start the weekend is the 1992 number 2 CLASSIC!... SL2 - On a Ragga Tip.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwD-qNgJVQk Usually i have all the claptrap before the track, but The Bloke in The Pram Shop just told me an excellent story about this track, which mentions the track and...
  19. Late substitutions - why?

    Apologies if this has already been said but can anyone explain to me why after calling Black from warming up along the touchline it took another 10 minutes to get him on the pitch as substitute? What was the reason for the delay? With that heat we needed some fresh legs and the 10 men out there...
  20. fbm

    The fbm view and ratings - Canvey

    CANVEY HIT FOR SIX IN PARK LANE TURKEY SHOOT Southend continued their impressive scoring run in one of the most one sided games I have ever seen... and to be honest the disappointment is that Southend could have easily been well into double figures. Tilson played moreorless two different...