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downendcity

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    Deepest Fenland -were the locals have 6 fingers and could probably make a decent fist........of managing a championship club.
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  1. Bradley Orr must be up there for getting sent off at Northampton for decking his own skipper.
  2. This one? Your sister is your mother, Your father is your brother, You all s*ag one another, The Norwich Family...
  3. I agree that the game is perfectly fine. Human error is part of the game, but as the amount of money in the game has increased, and there is therefore so much at stake for clubs, then clubs are not prepared to accept human error - where the error is at their expense, of course! Human error has always been a part of the game, but it used to be generally accepted, because their was respect for referees, by and large. With the microscopic dissection of referees performances by know all pundits and with the benefit of super slo-mo from every conceivable angle, and the advent of a pose of players haranguing a referee (thanks for that S'Ralex!) there seems to be a greater concentration on what the referee did wrong than whether each team played well or badly. While there is a strong case for video technology, there is a danger that technology creep could see the game become like American football. However, the stop start nature of NFL means that video reviews don't really affect the flow of the game. Football is completely different, and in my view the danger is that too much technology ( or interference with the laws) could see the ebb and flow of the game change. The fundamental problem seems to be the refusal of players and managers to accept that decisions won't always go their way. The governing bodies need to decide whether they are going to support and back referees, and allow them to properly punish players for dissent, simulation and every other form of cheating, including time wasting, or kowtow to the money in the game and go full tilt into technology based decision making. The cynic in me thinks that, sadly, money talks too loudly at the top end of the game these days and as a result, before I'm gone the game will have changed for the worst.
  4. So does Rudolph!
  5. I don;t know about the rest of you, but Mrs Downend says that i'm still attractive, even with Lj in charge. Mind you, that was before she let me take the bag off my head!
  6. How about they start to make sure the existing laws are being applied properly and rigorously, before introducing a load of new ones?
  7. With these honours, do we all need to bow or curtsey when Steve and Marina are in the stand?
  8. I thought those were the rules!
  9. The other thing about the mega TV deals is that no sooner is Scudamore's signature dry on the latest contract, than every player and/or his agent are arranging meetings so that the player can take his share of the increased tv money. As a result, only a fraction of the new tv money goes back into the game ( for the benefit of fans, grass roots or investment by the clubs) because the lion's share of new tv money is going straight out of the game and into the bank accounts pf players and their agents. No one begrudges top player learning good money, or indeed very good money. However, what we now have is ordinary players earning ridiculously good money, decent players earning a king's ransom and very good players earning obscene money. I've no especial love for Arsenal, but when their fans have to fork out £60+ for each home game only to see Ozil demand the best part of £300,000 per week, then there is something seriously cock eyed about the way the game's finances are heading.
  10. Absolutely right DP. Unfortunately there is a generation that has grown up, and is growing up, knowing nothing but the profligate spending of the premier league era and think it is the norm. Those of us who are boring old farts remember when a million pound player was someone pretty exceptional and a £1,000 a week salary put a player at the top of the tree, both in terms of ability and earning power. Now it seems £20 million is pretty run of the mill, and £10 m will become more common in the championship n and every Tom, Dick and Harry in the prem is on £100,000 per week ( and there are more than a few Dick's earning that sort of money). The powers that be put financial rules in place to try and avoid a repeat of what happened at Pompey and credit SL for protecting the club's future, by instilling sound financial governance , even though he is decried by many fans for so doing not spending more. However, decent responsible owners like Steve seem to be trampled on in the rush of the "super rich megalomaniac owners" as you describe them, who couldn't give a stuff about financial rules, or the long term consequences to the club of their ambition. As with so many issues, the governing bodies do not have the balls to take proper action against clubs who flout the financial rules. As I understand it QPR breached the financial rules when they were last promoted to the prem, but no action could then be taken because once they had become a premier league club, the FA could not sanction them for breaching football league financial rules! Evene better, again as I understand it, when QPR were relegated , and could then be penalised it seemed to be kicked into the long grass and at best the penalty watered down . If someone knows better exactly what happened, then please say. Watching the players on the pitch is still the great game that I grew up loving. Off the pitch the game is completely removed from the ordinary working man's sport it was when I was young. Some of that is for the better, with stadiums and fans facilities light years from the shambolic old grounds of the 70s, even though nostalgia makes us yearn for standing on smoky terraces and wading through urine for a half time pee. The financial aspect and especially the cost the average fan now has to bear is definitely not for the better and the player picking up his eye watering salary, could not give a flying fig for the fan who is subsidising his lifestyle.
  11. More importantly. After we sign him, can LJ convert him into a half decent right back?
  12. He came here!
  13. Surely everyone goes with 18,000+ mates.
  14. I'd pay a bit to see them finish 8th in the championship!
  15. Interesting to hear on talksport this morning they said that Southampton are looking for a new manager who will "buy in" to their long term project.