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Midlands Robin

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  1. The Beatiful Game is Turning Ugly

    Every time I think of the premiership and the dominance of the rich few I remember Leicester and think there is hope. You can't suck the money back out of the game so we are left with what we have. It can only be a matter of time before the top teams in Europe break away to form a super league.
  2. England squad v Netherlands & Italy

    I also remain available and have yet to retire myself. Given how shit I was as a player, I became quite useful in goal so there may still be a slot for me there.
  3. England squad v Netherlands & Italy

    I hear what you are saying but it's down to the manager not the player. The England Manager should realise when it's time to drop a player and when it's time to pick him. England managers have traditionally been far to scared to upset the apple cart and we all know that certain names are on the team sheet because of who they are not how they are playing. Welbeck isn't in the top 18 premier league goal scorers this season and Rooney is currently 5th. I guess the question could be reversed and ask what are we expecting Welbeck to do that we couldn't get from Rooney? That being said, Welbeck is only in there because Kane is out at the moment. I don't see age being a problem at international level providing the player is in form and fit. Rooney was absolute baggage at the Euro's and Hodgson made an ass of himself trying to accomodate him in the side. He wasn't playing that well for Man Utd at the time either. Those are the moments when you should rest a player and try something different. As they say, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Rooney chucked his toys out of his pram and 'retired' because he thought he could set the agenda and that he was above England as he finally scored enough penalties and goals against San Marino to become top goal scorer. That shouldn't have been allowed to happen. The manager should pick the right players at the right time. As it turns out now, Rooney is playing decent football for Everton and is scoring goals for his club. He's an experienced international who could offer something to the squad. Certainly more than Welbeck at this stage. Thanks to rulling himself out though, it's not something that's going to happen anyway. Is this 'I've retired from internation football' something that's particular to the English game as I don't recall many German and Italian players announcing international retirements in their early 30's ??
  4. England squad v Netherlands & Italy

    The ironic thing is, on current form, I'd have Rooney in the side over Welbeck any day of the week. I hate it when players 'retire' from international football as if they think they are automatically given the right to pick and choose when they play for their country. Your country chooses you and not the other way around. That mentality is part of the reason why we struggle to create an England team.
  5. Bristol Rovers Dustbin Thread

    Comment from an Argyle forum on the Sags new appointment. Sounds like a match made in heaven. on Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:10 pm by Czarcasm I’ve always said he ran us like he was still running little Yeovil. A small time thinker who will not for one second be missed. Adios Smarmy.
  6. Bromley's cup travels.

    I good mate of mine is a Whitley Bay fan and we went and watched them in the Vase final a few years back. A cracking day out and a cheap way to go and watch a game at Wembley.
  7. What is the role of the SC&T?

    Attacking the SCaT for having no effect on your match day experience is as stupid as attacking the Club for having first aiders in attendance at games. You may never have needed them but they'll be there for you if you do. I'm not a member but I just don't get the animosity to those who are.
  8. Can't find the Vyner thread, but...

    I've always had a soft spot for Argyle having spent many years based down there when I was in the RN. I used to go there for the odd mid-week game back in the 90's. Credit to them for being able to get the performances out of Zak which have enabled him to put his ability on show.
  9. Mark Hughes

    Come on now, be kind. Since entering club management in 2004, in almost 14 years he has achieved the following honours..... Erm..... Ah..... Hmmmm.....
  10. City Foundation

    Fully paid up member since it was the Society. I agree with the above comments regarding communication. I only found out a few months ago that I am entitled to free club membership after I've been paying for it separately for years. I won £500 once. Which was nice.
  11. Tonights games

    In lighter news I've just heard Jose's comments about Man Utd's champions league defeat last night. How happy would you be to be told how many times your manager has come to Old Trafford and knocked you out of the cup? I think the cheese is slipping off his cracker.
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    As a subscriber to the above named publication I'd be honoured to achieve such high acclaim.
  14. I wonder what the players think of their fans ?

    I can't think of many other lines of employment where 20'000 people loudly point out you're doing a shit job while you are trying to work. I can imagine that as a player you'd just like to walk off some days and say '**** it'. The opposite must be true when you score or taste success. I've never really believed in all that kiss the badge and play for the club nonsense. In 26 years of work I've never felt that loyal about any job (and 22 of those were in the Navy where loyalty is part of the DNA). To 99.9 percent of footballers a club is their current employer and nothing more. If the pay and conditions are good, they enjoy what they are doing and get on with the people there then they will perform to the best of whatever ability they have. If any of those conditions aren't met (including their own ability to do the job) they will move on. What we as fans say and do will contribute to those conditions as much as anything else. You call a player shit week in week out and I think he'd want to leave.
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    Stop. Collaborate and listen. Or Stop. In the name of love.