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  1. Ah, that time of the year already. Just sit back and take in the atmosphere of all that horse....trading. I reckon people could suffer ill health from the smell of all that lucre. Still, a great occasion to enjoy, especially as the teams don't pay the amounts of cash to first rounders like they used to.
  2. And whilst we're about it, how about an honourable mention to the 'Grove, achieving promotion back to the top table. NIce article in the Post today.
  3. I thought the girls played very well. It's a largely all-new side that is in the top flight this season - gone are the old Vixens of two cup finals and Champion's League games. Gaffer Willie Kirk and his coaches are certainly making the side work well. Reading are a good side, although they were fighting to stay out of the drop last full season. Both teams made for a tight and intriguing game, showing plenty of good, intelligent football - which is what you want. Some will always be indifferent to the women's game, but it is what it is. I find it to be an enjoyable and attractive product. You can see the training and thinking at work - perhaps the men might take note! The City girls played some good defensive and attacking football, particularly in the first half. Had Claire Emslie just got a bit more on her early shot and the one that hit the post not come back out then it would have been a totally different outcome. There was no gulf in class at all; City were as good as, and on occasions better than, Reading. The second half proved that there is a slender margin at the business end and Reading scored two in short succession. The third was a defensive error, but in all the Vixens will be happy with much of their performances. If they can keep it up for the coming matches then City will have a top flight team to be proud of. Caitlyn Leach in goal handled well and confidently; Jas Matthews and Haley Ladd form a solid central defensive partnership, Chloe Arthur gave the midfield a real cutting edge, with Jodie Brett's astute passing causing the opposition problems; Chick Fergusson was an archetypal winger with chalk on her boots; young Lauren Hemp (only just 17) looked a menace and took her goal well; and Claire Emslie was a constant source of trickery and worry to the visitors. The scoreline arguably didn't reflect the overall balance of the match. The attendance? Yes, I was wondering how they calculated that. It seems the men's game added a few to the girl's usual attendance - and maybe the other way round too! Anyway, I hope the 'new' crowd may feel inclined to watch the next Vixen's game (Tue 9th v Man City at the SGS). The girls play a commendable level of football and deserve good support.
  4. By my reckoning, Mr Abraham's 23 League goals have earned us 14 points thus far; assuming the other strikers could not make up the shortfall, we would be have been consigned to the drop a week or so after Rotherham! How will we fare without him next season? Place your bets now...
  5. I remember the Old Man shouting that Cashley's missus will be cross about that being shown on the box. Our telly was not the finest piece of technology; hence I found it difficult to actually make anything out. Now as mens' body hair goes Cashley had about a half acre, so maybe there was a modicum of decency. But who really cared? We were promoted to the First Division...
  6. Congratulations to the Farm! Can't argue about the title this season, but can understand the financial aspect, CribbsRed. The Western League has long had a rather pronounced spilt in the clubs' ability to pay the players. Many get nothing, so the obvious attraction to go to the rich club is a big factor. When you consider that the referees require some £150 or so to run a match each Saturday and attendances are usually rated in the dozens then it's no surprise that boot money is the exception rather than the rule.
  7. Ah, the memories come flooding back... Packed into the Open End, squashed by a large and rather agitated crowd, and twitching with nerves. It was almost the worst thing when Whitehead scored after a few minutes as it made for the longest game after that. It was unbearable. Fans started whistling about ten minutes before the end, and loudly. The railings were covered with all the fans, ready to invade the pitch at the final whistle. But the wave of release when the ref at last blew - what a night! I also managed to scale the bars and scamper onto the pitch. I remember the players eventually emerging in the directors' box and lit by the television lights, some half naked, others with red and white scarves and caps, most with beers in hand. It was pandemonium with all the fans going potty. I also remember the reports on the local news that included the scenes in the changing rooms, which were mad and chaotic. We only had a crappy black and white telly then, but did we really see Ray Cashley's man garden? Not that I suspect he cared much at the time, or anyone else for that matter. Yes, the night to be a City fan above all others. The run in the First Division was fantastic too, but all too short.
  8. With regards to the Lady Pies, it has come as a big and unexpected shock to many. I feared this situation would arise at some stage but to announce to the club within hours of the new Series starting is poor, particularly if the majority of them (some relying on their income) were all set. Questions will have to be asked, not just in Nottingham, about the state of the Women's game as it stands today. The FA have made quite onerous demands for awarding a WSL licence (with new applications due next year) to try to prevent unworthy clubs from doing just this. I trust the Vixens are not in the same sort of trouble. County player and former England keeper Carly Telford tweeted: 'Jobless and Homeless!' Sad state of affairs, especially as the transfer window is now shut. What will the original people of Lincoln Ladies be thinking now? Their club was taken over by a 'moneybags millionaire' and shipped off to Notts, like something from the NFL. Now their history hits a terminal end. Will deffo be watching the Vixens afterwards, even though Millie Farrow has suffered an ACL and will be out for a good while. Still, the door opens for someone else to shine. Hopefully the men's game will not dampen the spirits and the girls will have a good crowd. COYR COYV
  9. FORD: Fix Or Repair Daily, or if you don't... Found On Road, Dead.
  10. Digging into some of the Ford pages there are a couple of things that might be easy enough to try. Firstly, fill up with Super unleaded (98RON, not the usual 95); it may have a beneficial effect. Ford are pretty tight to the performance envelope and fuel is often critical. Secondly, it might just be the airflow sensor that has become a little dirty; a careful clean up may help. The last comment could just be that the Ti-VVT engine needs a good kicking! Typical Ford - treat 'em rough...
  11. Really? As cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University?
  12. You broke into Johnson's office? Did he leave the door open or did you just get in round the back?
  13. Interesting report on the BBC about agents' fees comparing the clubs per division: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39532082 We appear to have been fairly moderate.
  14. slartibartfast Autographing his own obituary? Able to cheat death? Can he manage a football club? Get him in here!
  15. Ah, a Mark Twain moment. Apparently the Beeb were informed by someone close to him, but clearly premature. Correction broadcast later.