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  1. 2 hours ago, Mumby Magic said:

    Surprised I'm the first to write this. David Crosby 81 The Byrds.

    Thanks for highlighting this. 

    It's very sad. He was very prolific recently, releasing many new CDs. 

    I think his best song was "Everybody's been burned" from the Byrds Younger than Yesterday album. It always felt very poignant and moving. 

  2. 3 hours ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

    Just watching the new South Africa T20 league whereby each team has a direct connection to an IPL team in both team colours, name and some synergy with players.

    An example of this is MI Cape Town (Mumbai Indians).

    Could this be the model that usurps the Blast and the Big Bash eventually?

    Syndicated teams from the IPL appearing in each major cricketing region for a T20 competition.

    Do you welcome our IPL overlords? 😉

    I read that there are 3 million Indians in South Africa, most live in Durban. I think they have some connection with Kolcatta? 


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  3. 6 minutes ago, Mark said:

    Somw big names in Q school this year, I got to the final qualifier in the UK open once, had to win three sames at that stage to qualify for the TV stage. Won the first game quite easy with around 74 average and thought "yes ill murder this" then come upon a Scottish international who demolished me averaging around 95 and getting 5 180's in 6 legs. I only won a leg as he missed 9 darts at a double! Its hard up on that stage

    That's a very good achievement.

    74 averages are seen at the tv events sometimes.


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  4. 1 hour ago, Damien said:

    Great stuff. It makes great sense Serbia, Greece and Turkey playing each other as often as possible and growing together.

    The Greek women beat their Turkish counterparts 8-4 in Istanbul in September. 

    It was a European group B game. A double header with the men's Turkey v Bulgaria game. 

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  5. 2 hours ago, hw88 said:

    I have a feeling it was £999,999.99p so that he didn't have the pressure of being the first £million player!

    I reckon if you look at whoever is top of the different divisions today they will have spent more than most of their rivals to get there.

    Yes  Also they bought Francis in 1979, the year after they won the league. He didn't win the league with them. 

    The league winning team was made up of signings most other teams discarded. McGovern, O'Hare, Burns etc. Shilton was a key buy but he was the only expensive signing.


  6. 12 minutes ago, SalfordSlim said:

    MVG is a bit of a tool TBH. Great player but not particularly likeable IMO. I predicted Bully Boy to win the tournament beforehand so it's sod's law it's the one year I don't have a bet!🤦‍♂️ Michael Smith is the Warrington RL of darts.... been a top player for a good number of years without landing the big one of the World Champs (think Lee Westwood or Colin Montgomerie in golf). In fact before the Grand Slam this year he'd never won one of the darts "majors". With that monkey off his back I can see him winning another 3 or 4 as he's still only in his early 30's. 

    Scary thing is the amount of young kids in the sport. The world youth champion is barely 15 (I lost to him when he was 12 in local league match😂). I doubt you'll ever see a period of dominance like Phil Taylor had ever again, the depth of talent is huge.

    Maybe Salford are a better team for me to follow😊

    I agree, many of the players now are capable of averages over a 100. MVG and Smith are the most consistent. But they don't just have one or two players to beat now, any of the top 16 and more can produce on the day. 

  7. 3 hours ago, GUBRATS said:

    So there's loads of fat lads in St Helens and Stoke 

    They are known as the "Fat St Helens lads" on the darts fans forum. Smith is known as "Belly boy". 

    I like MVG and aren't keen on Smith, so I am not too enamoured about wanting St Helens to win this year if he is parading his trophies there.🙂

    Maybe I should follow Leigh Leopards instead? 🙂

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  8. 1 hour ago, gingerjon said:

    Yes. Premier League Darts has a mostly regular slot. They have had to jiggle the evening and season format - whilst also noting that a huge chunk of the PDC tournament calendar is now not as high profile on Sky/ITV as it was a few years back.

    Reckon most people in the country know who won the Darts Premier League last year?

    (I should say, by the way, that I think it's a very good link up by St Helens/RFL/SL/Sky/whoever to harness Michael Smith's obvious enthusiasm and passion for RL - just that there's not much more RL can 'learn' from darts at all.)

    The premier league has play offs between the top 4. So like us, the league winner isn't necessarily the champion.

    Michael Van Gerwen won the title this year. 

  9. 2 hours ago, gingerjon said:

    They didn't play in Gretna for most of that time.

    They are 'back' as a phoenix club now playing the Lowland League.

    I think they played at Fir Park, Motherwell, season 2007/8 as Raydale Park didn't meet requirements. 

    The other seasons they played in Gretna though.

  10. 6 hours ago, Madrileño said:

    The total population of Gretna is about 3000 people. The area has zero history of ANY interest in League. Out of these 3000 people, how many do you think are keen to start playing League?

    I have no idea what you mean by "Gretna got decent crowds" they have never even had a team to my knowledge! Are you talking about a local football club or something? Or a rugby union team?

    They were a soccer team.They reached the Scottish cup final in 2006 and also the Premier league. However they couldn't sustain it due to the ill health of their backer. 

  11. 4 minutes ago, Eddie said:

    To what purpose? I’m not trying to be cantankerous, I’ve got a lot of time for your posts @Niels, but what would some 15 year old lads from Bradford or Halifax playing for Scotland do for the game?  

    Thank you Eddie, I appreciate your kind words. I enjoy reading your posts too.

    I think you raise a good question. I am not sure to be honest. The only thing I can think of is that it would benefit boys who are half Scottish and really wanted to play for Scotland? If they could find a few they would be able develop them together?

    But if they became too good then presumably they could opt for England or Great Britain instead? 



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  12. 7 hours ago, Phil W said:

    Tend to agree to be honest. I know Edinburgh are doing some good work at community level. But it would be good to see what is being done in Scotland itself to grow the game.

    I think there will be some under 16s in England who are half English and Scottish who can attend the Bradford trials. 

    They are entitled to play for either so I think it's a good idea to try to attract them for Scotland. 



  13. 3 hours ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

    Looking at the last 2 seasons:

    2022 they won 7, lost 4 and drew 2 of their home league games and won 9 and lost 4 away (+1 win at the Bash)

    In 2021 at home they won 5, lost 6 and away won 8, lost 2

    So much for that mythical home advantage....

    I think it's because it is difficult to win playing downhill first half if teams are fairly equally matched.

    My theory is that for the first 20 minutes of any game, most sides and referees are feeling their way and scores are lower. 

    Also more points are scored in the last 20 minutes as teams tire so it is advantages to be playing downhill second half.

    It depends on the strength of the sides as to how many points the slope is worth.


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  14. 26 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

    Simply ludicrous.

    Amateur hour pitches aren't applauded, they are ridiculed and rightly so.

    I was just surprised by your comments.

    I thought you had been last year and had a great time which I think I appreciated here.

    For me I love the slope and everyone I have take to Mount Pleasant feels the same.

    Regardless of the slope, the playing surface is excellent so it is a good pitch. 



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  15. 4 hours ago, Tommygilf said:

    I think it says it all when the comparison for the likes of Batley is amateur clubs playing on hills. If that is your marker then fine, but don't expect everyone else to think its acceptable.

    "The likes of Batley"?

    Ar least we provide undercover terracing where away fans are welcome.

    Nobody else thinks the terracing for away fans at Leeds is acceptable. Especially when there is torrential rain. 

    I suppose they could move to the South Stand if they are prepared to be abused.

    Most fans thankfully love the slope and it generates a lot of good publicity for the game. 

  16. 1 hour ago, Tommygilf said:

    Firstly, other players do in fact do more.

    Secondly, Zakat, or giving to charity, isn't a uniquely Moroccan or uniquely islamic religious virtue that Ziyech is displaying. There isn't some moral ownership of it.

    Thirdly, Ziyech earns at least £100k a week at Chelsea. 

    Ok, as they didn't win the World cup, or the Euros, I will let you and Damien claim the "best charity team" for England. 🙂

    Even though it isn't a competition!





  17. 5 hours ago, Tippytoe said:

    It was a disaster, not to get to the final on home soil with the easier route probably won't get a chance like that for some time. 

    I think we need to ask if Australia and NZ would replace their coaches after an identical situation.

    If the answer is yes because they would expect to win or reach the final.


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  18. 1 minute ago, The Masked Poster said:

    Without knowing the inside details of what English players do, how do you know it is "negligible"? Sounds like you are simply confirming a bias (which we all do)

    The simple fact is that if a sportsman (or woman) earns £20 a week or £20K a week, they are under no obligation whatsoever to give any of it away to charity. If they do, fantastic. If they don't, it's their business and their conscience. 

    I agree with you.

    This was why I thought it was very admirable of the player I mentioned.

    Regarding the game I actually wanted Portugal to win but every team has found Morocco difficult to score against. I am not sure why England think they would have  beaten them. I was saying the same after they beat Spain that the Portuguese forwards would be too good. Saying it and doing it are very different though. 



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