Bleep1673

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The good thing was that the ref was far more tolerant than a non-UK ref usually is.  He clearly did his research and understood that the game would have more bite than the typical international friendly.

 

Quite enjoyable for a football match...

It was enjoyable (apart from the obvious :) ) - now for the eternal problem of getting Scotland to show that much commitment and belief in a world cup or Euro qualification match, in some remote eastern European country, on a wet Wednesday in February!

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Did notice that. Hopefully they can make Windsor a fortress once more!

 

They've got the road blocks already

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Interesting to see that Darren Bent has gone to Fulham on loan when, according to the Times, his first preference was Newcastle, who also wanted him.

 

Joe Kinnear, Newcastle's Director of Football,  allegedly asked him to hang on until the end of the transfer window in the hope that the price would drop ( presumably that would also allow the club to meet Bent's salary demands.)

 

Newcastle are  looking for two new strikers for the season. They have reportedly already signed one ...  Loic Remy ... but he is out for up to a month with injury.

 

Alan Pardew must be fuming because the club is seemingly more interested in saving £2million than doing everything possible to win its first four or five games.

 

Come the back end of September, the club could be flailing around trying to get a striker who is available, rather than one that the manager wants.

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With regards to England I have been on about home nations over a two year period for "friendlies" for some time. To give us that bit of competitve practise as opposed to playing Hungary, Slovenia etc. Litter that with games against the continents best, Germany, France, Ghana, Brazil.

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I hope they bring back the tiger stripe shirts.

 

hull%20city%20tiger%20kit.jpg

That explains why they used to come out to the Tiger Rag.

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With regards to England I have been on about home nations over a two year period for "friendlies" for some time. To give us that bit of competitve practise as opposed to playing Hungary, Slovenia etc. Litter that with games against the continents best, Germany, France, Ghana, Brazil.

There used to be the Home Internationals at the end of every season and the jocks used to win quite a bit. They sacked them in the 80's IIRC.

Always remember the Scottish fans snapping the goalposts at Wembley after Ray Clemence had let that goal through his legs. 2-0

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hull%20city%20tiger%20kit.jpg

 

That's neat.  ;)

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With regards to England I have been on about home nations over a two year period for "friendlies" for some time. To give us that bit of competitve practise as opposed to playing Hungary, Slovenia etc. Litter that with games against the continents best, Germany, France, Ghana, Brazil.

 

That isn't a bad idea - I feel that every year would be too much but stretching it out could work. I don't know how the game was received in England, but here in Scotland there was a lot of enthusiasm; and pleasant surprise at how Scotland coped! Everyone was up for it but there was a nagging fear that England could run away with it.

Of course, for Scottish supporters the trip to Wembley to play England is akin to a footballing pilgrimage. One member of the Tartan Army, contributing to a radio discussion programme, suggested holding it in London every year as an International Charity Shield (in addition to the club one). 

The only problem I can see with reinstating the championship, and one reason why it was scrapped in the first place, is that the home nations will get practice at playing teams that play the 'British' style of football. Not necessarily good preparation for dealing with those nations who successfully play a more patient style.

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It was enjoyable (apart from the obvious :) ) - now for the eternal problem of getting Scotland to show that much commitment and belief in a world cup or Euro qualification match, in some remote eastern European country, on a wet Wednesday in February!

And still lose

 

Well done Villa at the weekend, I was staying at my Partners family in Finsbury Park, and I went to see the Lowry retrospective at the Tate Britain, and as I came out of Finsbury Park tube*, the crowd were dispersing from the Emirates, I couldn't help but grin when I asked two Arsenal supporters the score, it really did feel like I was behind enemy lines.

 

*Note for the thicko's, I know Tate Britain isn't near FP Tube, my GF is from there, Tate Britain is near Pimlico tube.

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It was enjoyable (apart from the obvious :) ) - now for the eternal problem of getting Scotland to show that much commitment and belief in a world cup or Euro qualification match, in some remote eastern European country, on a wet Wednesday in February!

You are NOT Scottish !  :tongue:

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You are NOT Scottish !  :tongue:

 

Shush, you! :P (And I'm a damn sight more Scottish than most of our RLWC team will be.)

 

I'm quite happy with dual nationality, but not when it comes to the beautiful game (and rugby union).

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can there be any more pointless thing- year in year out than Celtics inclusion in the champions league?

 

Where on earth has that come from?

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And still lose

 

Narrowly, away from home and against a team 14th in the FIFA rankings (I'm sure England were higher than that, they must have slipped recently). My point is that if they play like that more often they'll have a lot more success against most European teams than in recent years.

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can there be any more pointless thing- year in year out than Celtics inclusion in the champions league?

Celtic were the first British side to win the European Cup (when it was the proper EC) so have as much right as anyone, if not more so

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Celtic were the first British side to win the European Cup (when it was the proper EC) so have as much right as anyone, if not more so

Really?

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Really?

 

Well, they were the first British side.  That's an actual fact as opposed to a FACT.

 

Also, they're not actually in the Champions League proper, just the qualifying rounds.  It's like saying that Holmer Green FC have no right to enter the FA Cup.

 

But in really important news, Chalfont Wasps beat Chinnor 4-3 in a cracking game in the gloom (no floodlights) up at Crossleys last night.  The crowd of 41 were mightily entertained.

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Former England international Becky Easton on Hope Powell "If you questioned, disagreed or in any way upset her... you would be banished for life. She had her pool of players (aka favourites) whom she would select... despite injury, fitness, form or whether they have one leg".

That's either some epic sour grapes or, finally, an explanation for the 73(!) caps won by Eniola Aluko, who's kicked more footballs over the crossbar than Jonny Wilkinson.

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Former England international Becky Easton on Hope Powell "If you questioned, disagreed or in any way upset her... you would be banished for life. She had her pool of players (aka favourites) whom she would select... despite injury, fitness, form or whether they have one leg".

That's either some epic sour grapes or, finally, an explanation for the 73(!) caps won by Eniola Aluko, who's kicked more footballs over the crossbar than Jonny Wilkinson.

 

There are quite a few ex-England internationals lining up to say the same and it was openly stated as being the reason why during the Euros she brought on injured players with 100 caps rather than healthy youngsters with none - something she also did in the World Cup.

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Former England international Becky Easton on Hope Powell "If you questioned, disagreed or in any way upset her... you would be banished for life. She had her pool of players (aka favourites) whom she would select... despite injury, fitness, form or whether they have one leg".

 

 

Interesting.

 

There'll be a vacancy coming for coach of the England men RL team after the World Cup and she sounds like she has just the right management approach.

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