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  1. Following discussions with UEFA and the Police, Linfield v Celtic will now be played on July 14th.
  2. One of the younger English fans had BS35 on his flag. Anyone know if is he a Forum Member?
  3. Two observation regarding this Confederation Cup In quite a few I've noticed some some real rough play in midfield, but very few tackles inside the pen areas. I know the Cyrillic alphabet and notice the venue and some adverts appear in both Cyrillic and (our) Roman alphabet. Have a look at the red advert board with a golden arch at the start. In English it reads McDonalds. In Russian it becomes MacDonalds; they stick an M between the M & C. On the blue board stating which city the games in, the English version read St Petersburg. The Russian name came out as Sankt Peterburg with no S between the R & B. As the Russian word for Peter is Pyotr, why don't they refer to the city as Pyotrburg? Will they ever be twinned with Peterborough?
  4. To cut down on travelling, especially as it's 4th Div, where will the Chinese play their "home" games. Many German cities have Chinese restaurants, so regardless of where they play, they will have some supports there.
  5. A well taken goal by Careroon. How about "The Davids" for a nickname? See there's a potential signing for the gas playing for the Aussies. 20 on his back and the name is ............. Sainsbury!
  6. A season long loan at Swansea, a prem rather than Championship team. This will either develop Tammy into the finished article for Chelsea or else shatter expectations. I wish you well Tammy and if it doesn't work out, you'll be welcome at AG, unless we're in the prem.
  7. Presumably the gap from Aug 26 to September 9 is an International Break. Pity; I'd like a game on the afternoon of the August Bank Holiday. That would certainly be preferable to a Tuesday night H or A in November.
  8. Something that used to be factored in was the pairing of towns. If Sheff U were home to Villa, then Wednesday would be away to Brum etc. This year on opening day it's Cambridgeshire v Devon. P'boro' are home to Plymouth whilst Cambs are away Exeter. When I saw City are home to Barnsley I thought the gas would be off to Rotherham, but no. Do City & Rovers or FGR & Cheltenham get to play two other neighbouring teams during the season?
  9. Correct the entire 92 club league fixture list was compiled by one man with a pen & paper. Now for the 72 club league, it's a team of four using computers. It was suggested a few years ago that long distance games (Plymouth v Carlisle or Gillingham v Fleetwood)) be played on Saturdays at the start & end of the season. That way we'd have local derbies in mid Winter, in other words the Christmas & New Year games.
  10. Ronaldo & Jose; both Portuguese and both accused of tax fraud in Spain. Did they share accountants, or is Spain clamping down on foreigners?
  11. Meanwhile "little" Burton have snapped up a forward; https://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/news/2017/june/2006-boycesigns/ BURTON Albion have paid a club record transfer fee to sign striker Liam Boyce from Ross County. The Northern Ireland international has joined the Brewers on a three-year deal. The 26-year-old was the top scorer in the Scottish Premiership last season, bagging 23 league goals. Brewers manager Nigel Clough said of Boyce: “He’s a good player who can get goals. “He was the top scorer in Scotland which, when you consider the incredible season Celtic had, that’s some going in itself.
  12. Time was when most of the Victoria's regulars were from the adjacent tram depot. When the bus station opened in Broadmead, many bus drivers who lived in Horfield still drank at the Victoria out of habit.
  13. In case no video of the full season is available, here's my version of 2002-03. During the summer of 2002 as England battled to the World Cup quarterfinals, ten players left City; Tony Thorpe went on a free transfer to Luton and Steve Robinson followed him for £50,000, whilst Steve Jones was released, as were seven youth and reserve players. ITV digital, a company that had bought the League’s TV rights for three seasons ceased trading and all clubs were facing a future without planned for income. Nationally, over 600 players were released by their cash stricken clubs. With no obvious striker in the team, many fans feared the worst for the coming season. The season began with a 2-0 win against Blackpool with Peacock and Murray scoring. This was followed by a 1-0 defeat at Brentford where Aaron Brown was sent off and a 2-0 defeat at Wigan when Danny Coles was showed the red card. The bank holiday weekend brought a 3-0 win against Wycombe with Micky Bell scoring against his former club, Scott Murray hit the second and then set up a tap in for Christian Roberts’s first goal for the club. This was followed two days later by another defeat, 2-0 at Plymouth. Defender Tony Butler was signed on loan from WBA and put in an impressive display in his first game, winning 50/50 balls and setting up attacking moves. In mid September City won away for the first time that season, 3-2 at Cheltenham who had twice taken the lead. This win moved City up to 2nd place, 1 point behind Wigan, but they fell back following defeats at Oldham and at home by QPR. City then went on a 19 match unbeaten spell beginning with a win at Port Vale. In that match City had taken a 2-0 lead, only for Vale to fight back and equalise in the 90th minute. In stoppage time 17 year old Leroy Lita got on the end of a long through ball, held off a defender and smashed the ball past the keeper from outside the box to give City a 3-2 win. Off the field, Mr Laycock stepped down and was replaced as Chairman by Steve Lansdown. The unbeaten spell saw City go second in the table, progress into the semi finals of the LDV trophy and the FA Cup 3rd round. The first round had been a 7-0 romp at Heybridge followed by a 3-1 win at Harrogate. The most memorable game though was in the league at Mansfield. 4-2 down with three minutes to go, City won 5-4! Many people put the player’s mental toughness down to a sports psychologist the club had employed. The run finally ended 2-1 at Wycombe on New Year’s Day 2003. In fact the first three games of 2003 were defeats; after Wycombe, came defeats at Leicester in the FA Cup and at home by division leaders, Wigan in a televised game. They maintained a position in the top five however with draws at home and away. In the LDV trophy, a 3-1 win at Bournemouth put City into the Area Final where they met Cambridge United again with the first leg at Ashton Gate this year. Mark Robins, a loanee, made his debut and scored in that game and City came from 2-1 down to win 4-2. The next game, at Northampton, was 10 years to the day since Brian Tinnion had joined the club. Fittingly, he scored the winner in a 2-1 win, Mark Robins had scored City’s first. City’s fortune continued with a 3-0 win at the Abbey Stadium in the LDV 2nd leg game and then they beat Oldham, who had not lost away all season, 2-0. A 1-0 defeat at QPR was a minor reverse as City continued picking up points in their subsequent games. Robins was recalled by Rotherham after scoring five goals in eight games and scored on his return to the Millers. The same day City won at Huddersfield with their 2nd being a spectacular header from Lee Peacock, his first goal for three months. City’s unbeaten spell continued; at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium City beat Carlisle 2-0 to lift the LDV Trophy whilst in the League, draws at Crewe and Luton coupled with home wins over Cardiff lifted the team to third place with two games to go. City could still make 2nd spot if they won at Chesterfield whilst Crewe lost at QPR. City and QPR both had two men sent off in those games and City conceded two goals in the last four minutes, so they had to settle for the play offs. The final game was a 2-0 defeat of Port Vale which secured 3rd position for City. Kevin Amankwaah came on for the final 20 minutes, his first appearance since that horrendous car crash of over a year ago and received a standing ovation from the 12,000 crowd. As they had finished third, City played Cardiff who had finished 6th. The only goal was scored in the first leg by Peter Thorne who had scored Stoke’s winner at Wembley three years before. Sam Hamman, Cardiff’s chairman afterwards declared it was wrong that third placed City had not been promoted. City had scored 79 League goals that year and another 27 in cup matches. That total of 106 made this City’s second best season ever for scoring. Scott Murray had hit 26 of them and contributed many more with his passing in his 45 League appearances. Goalkeeper Steve Phillips was the only ever present. During the close season Scott Murray was on the fringes of the Scotland team, Christian Roberts played for Wales in a defeat against America and Tommy Doherty played twice for Northern Ireland, a friendly in Rome and a competitive match against Spain in Belfast. Spectators judged him to have put in very solid displays. Against Spain, Tommy Doherty tried to lob Iker Casillas from 20 yards, the Real Madrid goalkeeper showing good reflexes to get up and turn his effort over the bar as the crowd held its breath. Northern Ireland defended stoutly in the 75th minute when Doherty cleared off the line after Taylor had turned away a rasping shot from sub Fernando Morientes. Finally early in July 2003 after 271 appearances and 60 goals, Scott Murray was bought by Reading for an initial £400,000 rising to £650,000 dependant on appearances and success.
  14. Found a few for 2002-03 here's the links; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfvWqL3BudM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi5N2e4Zk_g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyabLtG9kFU
  15. For those who don't realise; Linfield is a Protestant club who play in a very similar strip to Glasgow Rangers.