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  1. Er, just as a little nudge, Peg: Bo Rap went to #1, and Night at the Opera also topped the album charts in 1975.
  2. I have long held the thought that the game is a place where certain types will gather to let out all their concealed grief on a distant and uninterested prey. Behaving to someone who will not react, as opposed to telling their boss/spouse/social worker/remand officer face to face. No danger of any comeback, therefore. Therapy, I calls it. The notoriously short memories are more evident on this 'ere forum. It often seems to me that it is a cyber version of Disney's Inside Out.
  3. Ah, the 'specialist' position. It's not just confined to the women's game, TBF.
  4. The match-up will indeed be interesting. Maybe a bit of Lincoln's approach could be just the thing!
  5. Hmm, a club faced with winding up? Those with longer memories may recall the dark days when we faced a similar fate.
  6. That is in no small part due to the ban on women's football by the FA, which strangled the potential until pretty recently. When you compare us to the rest of the world we are playing a big game of catch-up. I dare say the women's game will not have the same level of support or media coverage as the men's (as with other sports), but it looks like it will grow and improve for the foreseeable time.
  7. Port Said Red - My other position used to the last name on the teamsheet: Left Out
  8. Very good question! The increasing (largely TV based) profile of women's football has caused a certain amount of interest in the off-field activities. It would simply be wrong to compare earnings to the men's game, but nevertheless the strategies are often identical. Most of the WSL teams you see on the box are very much part of 'the football club'; teams such as Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have a distinct benefit from that link. It certainly helps to have the technical, athletic and organisational weight to bring the girls on and improve the level of play - something the FA are pushing for as they eye the international scene. However (and this is what I personally become concerned for) the same effect of the rich clubs at the very top are overbalancing the leagues. There is no doubt that they can wave the cheque-book in the faces of potential players just as in the men's game. The result is the same: the trophies are likely to be shared among a select few every season. Man City have recently signed the American legend Carli Lloyd - can't imagine she will be having to get a part-time job to see her through the week. It has been said that the cream of the women are earning about £50,000 a year; most of the WSL players will be on a lot less and many at the lower end are not going to buy a Berlingo, never mind a Bentley. At the SGS, we have a number of players who need to supplement their money by doing other jobs. Full-time professionals are thin on the ground still. As to the clubs themselves, again the usual names are quite happy to spend what will be seen as a bit of pocket money on the women's side. For the same amount, they might be unable to sign just one half-decent male player. Most clubs in the WSL have to cut the cloth, and City is no exception. Wages are not great, and the prospects are limited for the time being. The big impact the women's game has is through television and the media. It has been pointed out that potential sponsors looking to raise their profile by becoming involved with football are rather put off by the sums asked for. The men's game can be beyond the reach of many, but the savvy investor will see the women's game as being much more sensible. There can be good opportunities in what is a rapidly growing and wide-reaching sport. Interestingly, the management of Man Utd have been asked why they are prepared to let their noisy neighbours expand into the WSL and achieve success whilst they don't run a side. The Glazers replied: 'It's not our core business.' Clearly, women's football is not seen as just some low-level diversion. It has significant value and presence. How the situation will change in the future is open to debate. I believe the glory and column inches surrounding the Lionesses' World Cup campaign in Canada, 2015, has two legacies. Firstly, the increase in the attendances at league games was highlighted. However, the other impact will not be easily measured (the accountants will not be happy!) and that is the growth in the grass roots game. How many little girls will now look at playing the Beautiful Game not just as a past-time but a real career that has a defined and stable pathway? In short, the women's game is generally not awash with money and the incomes are small. But the evidence is that it will not be confined to the very rich clubs. If the WSL has a real future, it will have to be founded on the smaller clubs that are not bankrolled; clubs like Durham or Yeovil are two who have separate business identities and are not dependant on a men's side. They are the ones with solid, if not spectacular, finances and will grow.
  9. Very good result today at the SGS. First proper game of the year, unlike Millwall who are in the middle of the Series. The Vixens came out at a high tempo right from the start and never really gave the visitors a sniff, in what were wet and windy conditions. New signing Millie Turner looks a steal, and slotted in neatly in the middle; youngster Lauren Hemp was a constant threat up front and both scored. Lilly Agg (signed from Brighton) came on for the last part of the game and also looked a quality acquisition. But best of all was the return of Jas Matthews, who was making her first appearance in nearly two years after shredding her Achilles Tendon. Played like she hadn't missed a match and had a good hour before being rested. The draw for the next round (the Quarter-finals) is tomorrow morning, which is just as well because the fixtures are for next Sunday!
  10. Great! You can move into the old Hireite shed immediately and open up a garage. Oh, and whilst you're about it, can you play at left back or up front? Could be just the thing we need.
  11. Staying with the tyres for the moment, the laws and practices for repairing punctures are becoming ever more strict. Many minor holes are now considered unrepairable and will necessitate a new tyre. 'Runflats' or those filled by emergency foam jobs are by definition not repairable. And another thing that crossed my mind was a warning on my pressure washer: aiming the jet at the high setting can cause damage to tyres! Watch out all of you who use those attractively-priced 'hand wash' sites. All in all some utterly solid and sensible advice from his nibs. I'll be the first to say it... LJ and SL out! TFJ in!
  12. Tyre labelling? Get these numbers understood before you go into the efficiency ratings...
  13. In all my years on this august forum I have never, never read such monumentally commendable sagacity. So much so, I fear it may contravene some mission statement. Or at least give OTIB a good reputation. I salute you, sir, and await your next dispensation.
  14. Not just 19-year-old Premiership loanees that have brushes with the motoring law, then.
  15. Dangerous talk, TFJ. You know what happened to Jim Hacker...