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  1. Christmas Party/Team spirit/who’s who

    The real question is: where’s Tinky Winky?
  2. Who do you think is our most important player?

    Your poll is wrong. Kieran Agard.
  3. Duric concerns

    Hmm, perhaps, though I’ve heard he can’t hit a barn door down in Pilton.
  4. Video referee to be used for England v Germany

    I wholeheartedly agree that the rules of football should be the same regardless of level. However, I’m not sure that VAR would do anything to change that. The rules (e.g. the offside rule) remain exactly the same but, at the top level, their ability to enforce these rules will be increased. The rules are not changed by the fact that top clubs can employ full time staff to maintain the pitch, while grassroots teams play on bobbly quagmires. The rules are not changed by the balls being of much better quality (to the point that, according to Guardiola at least*, even our second domestic cup has awful balls). More pertinently, the rules are not changed by the very referees tasked with enforcing them being more experienced, better trained, and much fitter than those you might see on a Sunday morning in the park. They are already able to make better decisions than at grassroots level. This merely makes their decision making n% better again. Goalline technology isn’t installed at every pitch in the country - it’s only just in our second tier - yet the rule of “over the line = goal” hasn’t changed. Speaking of which, I know people who, before goalline technology was introduced, weren’t aware of how much a ball could look over the line when in fact it wasn’t, due to the curvature. In terms of benefit for football as a whole, this means they now debate and argue with refs far less than they did, because they understand the job they have to do far more comprehensively. If at the highest levels - the televised levels, remember - we can further this education, so as to highlight the difficult nature of fractional offside decisions, or point out how the referee can’t see everything, and those things they do see happen in the blink of an eye, with the ability to help them and thus avoid the barrage of criticism they face week in, week out, well... then, perhaps, the players in the park leagues might take a bit more notice, may threaten the referees (doing it for “fun”, essentially) a bit less, which may in turn reduce the number of refs (particularly young refs) packing it in, meaning those park leagues don’t have a shortage of officials, leading to the matches being able to be officiated at a better standard.... I could go on. Any opportunity to improve the standard of decision making is an opportunity it would be foolish to ignore. Is it going to work perfectly, immediately? Of course not. In cricket, they’re still debating DRS every bleeding Test series the world over and it’s been used for nigh on 10 years. Is VAR going to be the best version? Who knows? It’s the first. We have to start somewhere. And in terms of those saying “the referee (and their mistakes) is part of the game”, I’ll just have to fundamentally disagree, really. You can have a game of football without a referee. If everyone was honest, they could referee themselves. Human nature dictates, however, that this is foolishly idealistic, and thus a referee is required to enable the game, but nowhere in the rules does it say “a goal is scored when the ball completely crosses the goal line, between the two posts and beneath bar, unless the referee doesn’t see it in which case all that is achieved is that you have something to talk about afterwards”. Anyway, I wrote more than I was intending. I’ll go back to watching YouTube videos of Kieran Agard. *obviously I’m using Guardiola’s little tantrum with my tongue firmly in my cheek. He’s talking codswallop.

    Bit long for a tweet.. Would have to summarise: ”Seriously? Please. #UTC”

    Eight pages discussing some highly predictable ticket details, yet barely more than 20 replies on the Kieran Agard thread? This place sickens me. ”My name’s RedYoshi and I’m an Agardaholic”.
  7. Highlights now up...

    I’d just done the same thing. Definitely in.
  8. Season ticket - long shot!!

    There’s definitely a season card with me, safe or otherwise. Who knows whose it is..? There’s a rumour it belongs to @bcfctim. Losing things is another sign of old age, by the way.
  9. Today's closed doors friendly (Merged)

    Miss you, Kieran...
  10. Referee last night

    Also, even if they do flag to signal a foul, it'll just be a wave of the flag - they are specifically advised to not put the flag across their chest.
  11. Highlights up

    Just about enough... https://www.bcfc.co.uk/news/video-famara-diédhiou-post-wolves-away/ Seems endearingly chirpy during his "just about enough English" interview. He's on his way to being my next Kieran Agard...
  12. Flint (Merged)

    No assists though. Have always said we needed more creativity from our CBs.
  13. Exiles can watch every City game next season (Merged)

    First time using it for me this evening, and I agree that needs sorting. Think they said they're working on/looking to introduce an app, so hopefully that'll do it. However, for the time being, there is a (slightly fiddly and by no means ideal) work around, but it may only work on iOS devices: After hitting play in the browser, go back to the home screen and drag up the control centre from the bottom. Tap play there - on the media tab - and it should start again while allowing you to use other apps etc. Again, this was on an iPad and using Chrome, so not 100% sure it'll necessarily work on Android or other browsers, but I imagine there's a similar function. It is a tad fiddly, especially as you've got to do it again after using the browser to look at anything else, but it's better than nothing. Ideally the app will be released in due course and this'll be redundant information, but hope it helps in the meantime!
  14. Q and A tonight

    If he's anything like my sponge, he won't even learn to kick a ball 5 yards. Bloody lying media.
  15. £10 ticket deal

    I believe that's just the Derby match - can't see it mentioned on the ticket page for any of the others. Imagine they may do it again later in the season (or something similar) but it doesn't seem to be every/any match.