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  1. The Etihad, a few Tips and Advice

    St Brigid's RC Primary! Beswick! That was my first teaching job, there. Frank Smith the head, still? No, I'm sure he's not. MCFC used to come in and do training with our Junior 3s and 4s even before the Commonwealth Games stadium was built (I'm talking 90s). Paul Power, I think it was. Nice bloke. Manchester United were nowhere to be seen with involvement in the local community. About the nearest they got to Mancunian schools was Singapore. Very poor. I lived on Heald Place at the time, just a stone's throw - literally - from Maine Rd. Poor old gAss when they visited had a right shock seeing a bedsheet in a tree with NO GYPSY GAS, THANKS written on it (98/99). Is the Townley the pub on the right-hand side of Grey Mare Lane, as you head towards the Ashton New Rd? I wouldn't advise a pint in there, kids (no offence, locals), unless it's had a spruce up in the last 10 years or more. But if you did want a local pint, head in to the Park Inn on Ardwick Green, near the Apollo, and ask for Mooresey. He's a red, but a top bloke and his family is split red and blue. Hope the Park Inn's still open. Never mind all your fancy nonsense in the Northern Quarter, head down there or The Fringe on the corner of Oldham Rd - they serve Cheddar Valley (or, did. They may have stopped since I left. That's a non-sequitur). Which part of M you from, Alan(theManc)?
  2. Lee Johnson's winter coat

    Not sure what I'm still 'at', Hox, but if it's good, then yes, I am. Also, um, there's more to me than just being an idiot, everyone. I have feelings and hobbies and stuff. Could we calm down a bit. This is getting ridiculous, all this MOTD facebook page stuff (other social medial platforms are available, I'm contractually obliged to point out). The question now, given the 'banter' this coat is receiving, is: either the manager keeps wearing it or never brings it out the house again. Personally, what I really want to see is the former. In fact, I'd like to see him wearing it in May, next August, all the hot days, in the rain (imagine how matted it could get). Like Cotts' lucky underpants (which don't seem to be working currently at St Andrews), is this Lee Johnson's lucky item of clothing? Mohair coats are back! (Did they ever go away?)
  3. Lee Johnson's winter coat

    Eh, woss goin' on yerr? I been alerted to this ere thread. Give TammyAB a break! He's quite justified - I do look quite a berk. But it was good fun. And the singing was mint, especially the way you all stopped and held it for the silent bits around the Ooh and the Aah... Triffic, triffic. Top, top singing. First I was called a 'gAss'a while back on ere, then 'nause' (guilty as...),, now 'cringe'.... Am I on the way up or the way down? (That's rhetorical, folx) And as for you who've chipped in and said what a legend I am... Get a grip!! But, props, all the same! You Reds!!
  4. Keogh and LJ

    I do like posts like this; excellent spot (if, indeed, you hadn't had one too many Thatchers). Little things that people see when everyone else is looking the other way. Was Keogh slapping his badge after he looked like a sloth sticking a foot out tripping J Leko for our pen? He always was a bit slow (Keogh, not Leko; it's doubtful he's ever been slow) and to be confronted by those dancing feet... Mind most of us would've been bamboozled, I was just watching it, but to see Keogh painfully slowly go one way then t'other... Triffic.
  5. Atalanta v Everton

    Worth watching the goals here (skip the first 45s or so) just for the commentator's "Mama, che gol!" after the second one flies in. (plus his comment after the third goes in: "Everton - in ginocchio!" Everton on their knees!) Bearing in mind this game wasn't played in Bergamo, Atalanta's home, but in Emilia Romana, miles away, the nerrazzuri fans do a good job. I have a Toffee-blue-nosed mate I play 5-a-side with who went: I'll ask him on Monday about the atmos. re Italian games, I've been in the Samp end for a game. Excellent atmos. Plenty of standing and surging, so many flags the game is almost invisible (they were crap at the time so it mattered not). Been to see Verona, too, Curva Sud. Noisy, jumpy, lots of songs to English tunes (incl "You're going home in a f****** ambulance" - I couldn't work out the words, something about Chievo and the Flying Donkeys). Stood behind the goal when Milan won lo scudetto in 2004 when Shevchenko scored the winning goal to clinch the title against Totti's Roma. But the best was Napoli, in Serie C, play-off against Sambenedettese (exactly). 80,000, had to get there three hours before k-o just to get in. Bit like being down the Mem. Love a bit of Italian tifosi, even now the football is inferior to the 80s/90s when it was proper good.
  6. Stats - Solid Defence

    I was answering a specific point from someone else, mate. No probs.
  7. Stats - Solid Defence

    Blimey, we were watching different games, then. We all see it differently, of course. I'd encourage you to look at https://www.bcfc.co.uk/bctv/?category=highlights and click on the extended highlights at 2'00; 2'20; 4'00; 4'40; 4'55 and 5'40. As for 'stats', I hardly see it as hypocritical to say when we go down we'll have let a load of goals in (was it me mentioning a number? Is that really a stat?) And, my words were 'we may look solid' - the inference being, people say that. I think the overall tone of my comment made it clear I'm not particularly convinced of that. But each to our own.
  8. Stats - Solid Defence

    Agreed, and Millwall. They had three clearcut chances that a better side will put away. Stats like this and subjective views of 'we look more solid' don't mean pish when we're still conceding more than a goal a game. When we go down with a GA col with well over 50 in it, will we still be protesting, "But we look more solid..." We may look more solid, but we also still look like conceding nearly every game.
  9. Three transfer windows later

    I dunno, I'd be well comfortable starting all 26. Give us a high chance of a draw at least... So is Đjurić
  10. Areas of the squad

    Quite: giving areas like centre back 9/10 suggests we won't let many goals in, but the GA evidence so far this season contradicts that entirely. What does 9/10 say anyway? Is it benchmarked against our previous defence (last year? Shaun Taylor? Dickie Rooks?); against the rest of the division (in which case 9/10 is a bit questionable); against individual, subjective standards; against what could have been? I'm presuming all we can glean from this thread is our central midfield isn't great compared to the rest of the squad. But that's what a forum is for.... Esp with a week+ and no football to discuss.
  11. Social Media v The Club

    He did get abuse telling him he was worthless after a close T20 defeat, though, telling (not advising) him to give up the game when he's one of Somerset's finest pros of the past decade... he may have got upset at other times, too, Phants, I dunno, I don't do twit.
  12. Social Media v The Club

    Yes, SARJ, if it's as bad as that.
  13. What a night of positives, well done City

    Yup, v positive night, results & appearances-wise. Well done City. Now the important stuff... Villa, the league, an away game in the league... But, yup, the Chaplin & Cork's is going down a treat tonight... Up The City, well done all.
  14. Where are Johnson's critics? (Merged many times)

    Yup, excellent result. Let's have an overview after 20, 30, 40 games, mind. Everyone keep the majority of their powder dry till then. Appreciate it's easy to get carried away, one way or t'other, but 90 minutes isn't quite enough for me to form an opinion. Last season's 46+ games were; I've reset the clock since Aug 5th; and I'm not jumping in with both feet either way till we've seen a few more games. Short version, in contrast to the opening stance: I'm not a fan of the manager, but well done tonight.
  15. Sub!

    Who are our 'babies'? You mean babbies?