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  2. All you’d get in response to that from a Sag would be “ yeah but we are only 1 good season away for da Gas and a shit one for does Ted’s, n we’d be betterer than dem den”
  3. Great post! Been saying the exact same since a few started to say how shit they think he is, what you’ve said is 100% spot on but will as usual fall on deaf ears to those who don’t think he is good enough, as someone on here said the other day about the people (prob same ones) who think Weimann is crap, these are the ones who no absolutely naff all about Football. He has his bad games just the same as everyone else does, his first touch needs working on but I’ll say it again Diedhiou is not a target man, never has and never should like we have done played him as one, yet when we did he had no support whatsoever. His goal return since coming here has been very good, missed a few some being sitters but he’d be in the Prem if he scored with every shot. Laughable those comparing Afobe to him as when Fam is given the same support he’s just as effective, scoring, assisting etc.
  4. Today
  5. I genuinely don't believe so. I'm not sure this has anything to do with what we're talking about,,the one thing that really counts? - what you do on the pitch..
  6. You're right Dave, Johnson only went to Tammy's because he fancied a cup of tea and a natter.
  7. The people who slag of Famara all seem to rate Matty Taylor. Anyone who rates Matty Taylor is a moron, so I guess that sums it up.
  8. Id run around like a headless chicken for 10k a week. Simple as that.. All he offers. If he isn't offisde hes on the floor. Or hes trying to hit a barn door, one of the three. If he was old school money like £500k even a £1mill fans wouldn't be as bad, although still bad. But 5 million plus pounds. Guys been useless for that price tag
  9. I think that might be your Sister calling you, or it might be your Mum, depends on this weeks Rota, anyway one of them is drumming their 6 fingers on that home made Kitchen Table, now go wash your thing, it's BJ time.
  10. Good points. The City Facebook groups have the worst offenders. Vile stuff.
  11. Yesterday
  12. Let's not kid ourselves that Nketiah wouldn't have been a superb addition to our team. As it is however, things are shaping up rather nicely. Benik 3 Eddie 1! Long may it continue.
  13. Decent article from the Aussies: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/we-can-all-die-happy-now-cricket-doesn-t-get-any-better-than-this-20190826-p52knk.html Call off Test cricket now. In fact, call off all cricket. Not because it could never get any worse than this, but because how could it ever be better, surely? That’s talking as a cricket fan and connoisseur of the incomparable drama of sports, not as an Australian partisan. Let’s all die happy now, or only a little bit sad, and permanently awe-struck. Ben Stokes produced an innings of the ages to lead England to a dramatic one-wicket victory over Australia on Day Four of the Third Test at Leeds. The World Cup? A distant memory. Put it this way: it is now only Ben Stokes’ second-greatest exploit. The performance of a lifetime stood for six weeks, exactly. The IPL, the BBL? Pardon me. The so-called Vitality Blast? Pop. Ashes ‘48, ‘81, ‘89, ‘05? Overtures, preliminaries. Yes, this is getting carried away by the moment. We ought, need, to recognise and cherish moments and be transported by them. Bask if it’s ours, salute if it’s theirs. Tim Paine did. Otherwise, we’ve left with process. The Australians are in a world of pain right now. At match’s end, they stood rooted to their fielding positions, upright but stone dead. If a passing cameraman had poked Nathan Lyon in the chest, he would have crumbled into the turf. But in time, they will appreciate that they were part of and witness to something truly astonishing, unlikely to be repeated in their cricketing lifetimes. Dimly, Paine divined this. Ricky Ponting said Stokes’ innings was the best he had seen in Tests, and that covers a few. In time, they will get mileage out of their fall guy roles. The boys of '81 have. But, hopefully, it will not transpire that any of them made a killing! Reflexively, Australia will tip-toe around Stokes for a while. But they’re still in the Ashes, and for Manchester, they get Steve Smith back. If it ever was going to be a dead rubber, you daren’t put your hand on it now, for fear of electrocution. This is how it goes in Ashes cricket. Did the Australians make mistakes here? Of course they did. Some mishandling, a dropped catch, a crucial fumble. A second review frittered with five runs to get, thinking it would be their last expiring half-chance, which left them helpless to go to DRS to overturn the non-lbw decision against Stokes that would have won them the match by a run. They were forced mistakes, as in tennis. They’re human. They will have to live with them for, oh, the rest of their lives. Or not. Victory at Old Trafford in a fortnight would begin to ameliorate the hurt immediately. Cricket’s like that. If any one ball of dozens on the last day or even the last over had played out differently, we might have been eulogising Paine’s mastery instead of mounting an inquiry. There was, for instance, his decision to bring back Lyon with eight needed. Stokes himself thought it brilliant; Lyon was the last bowler he wanted to face then. It so nearly worked. It did work, but for umpire Joel Wilson’s blurry eye, and, ahem, DRS. Human England, fallible England, flighty England also made mistakes, plenty of them. Ginger-haired, ruddy-complexioned Stokes saved a lot of red faces. But they’re forgotten now, of course. There was only one superhuman out there, the one standing with legs akimber, biceps bulging, fists clenched after belting the winning run, a colossus, whooping and hollering. He even did his own sound effects. It was impossible not to see the image of Ian Botham, down the detail of the preceding abjection. For Botham, it was a pair and heavy defeat in the previous match. For Stokes, it was a duck in England’s first innings comically meagre 67. Now he stood as a picture of almost mythical invincibility, but like Botham, that belies exquisite skill. Remember the stupidly good succession of sixes - because how will anyone ever forget? - but don’t forget that Stokes made two from 65 balls at the start of his innings, when what was needed most was ballast. Remember how he amalgamated all forms of the game into one form at the end, but don’t forget the way he placed and weighted shots into the outfield for two to keep the strike in the denouement, like a soccer midfielder’s pass to a breaking forward, the better to keep the strike. Runs and strike all counted, oh how they did. Don’t forget the unflagging 15-over spell he bowled all the way back on Friday night and Saturday morning, his last ball as energetic as he first, that made England at least think they were back in the match. Stokes never doubted it. (Also, don’t forget Jack Leach’s heroic one not out. Stokes didn’t. England never will). The World Cup, the Ashes, vilification in a pub: is there nothing Stokes can’t fix with a lusty swing or two? At this rate, as well as knight him, they will draft him into Westminster or Whitehall, to deal with that pesky backstop (yes, he was born in New Zealand, but they’re not as fussy about that sort of thing as we are). Last series in Australia, he was by his involuntary absence England’s greatest presence. He was an outcast then, with an assault charge hanging over him (see vilification, above), a disappointment in his own country, a pariah in every other. Now he is plentifully present, a hulking, blocky manifestation at bowling and popping crease, an ever-growing force with bat and ball, an updated Botham for a new generation. It can only have been accidental, but there something Bothamesque and staged about the way his sixes kept landing in the fiercely partisan western terrace. It was as if he was enlisting the whole of Yorkshire, the whole of England to the cause. One peculiarity of this Ashes series is the way each match has been identified with one player. In the first, it was Smith: what to do about him? In the second, it was Jofra Archer: how to handle him? Now it is Stokes. How will anyone trump him? That's for then. This is now. Even before Stokes took the game by the scruff of the neck and set it on his personal mantelpiece, it had been a rollicking good day’s cricket, ebb followed by flow, spurt after stoppage, lurch after lull, after lurch. Briefly, England were favourites, which was remarkable anyway from 358 behind. But the excellence and asceticism of the Australian seamers had reasserted itself, and Lyon was tamping down one end, and at nine down and 73 for England to get, it was all over. To judge from concourse conversation, this was best the doughty Yorkshiremen had hoped for anyway, a gallant fight. And then suddenly, it wasn’t over, and it might never be. Already it could be heard in the late after sun bath, echoing up and down the corridors and concourses of Headingley, in that world-famous brogue, accompanied by chuckles and chortles: “We were there.”
  14. An exception to the rule. SAG advice overrules this of course. Newcastle claim there would be safety issues and SAG don't disagree- seems a pretty flimsy excuse but that obviously takes precedent.
  15. Yep. Unlike many I was delighted with the acquisition of Afobe when it happened. The guy scores goals. It was obvious to anyone that really looked that the reason last season he struggled was because Stoke are dogshit. There is something very wrong with that club atm. It is obvious he wasn't first choice with the timing of the signing, but I have always been positive towards the purchase because I know he is a goalscorer. IMO this is exactly what we need.
  16. Sorry but not true. Look at Newcastle?? Up in the gods??
  17. That won't happen with Brownhill captain. Han-Noah will drop back to the bench when Nagy returns.
  18. Have we established yet if Afobe was the proven number 9 that Ashton was on about all along or actually a deadline day panic throw of the dice? If one of the genuine planning options was actually Afobe & Nketiah then fair play to our club for the ambition & for so nearly pulling it off. As it is Afobe on his own is a huge step up in class / ability and others teams will already be taking notice.
  19. I must know you, I went on that tramp round the course with Nige and the Donny supporters club............playing pool in there that night was a very young Divvy ! Pretty sure Donny were top and we were about 4th or 5th, anyhoo we got a 1-1 draw , small world ain't it .
  20. I went to virtually every away game in those two seasons, mostly on coach TWO. Wherever coach one went, so did coach two! We played Doncaster away one night. Can't remember the score other than their goalscorer said that because the floodlight shone on John Shaw's bald head, he could see he was off the line so lobbed him from stupidly yards out! The other memory I have of that night is that that the coaches got there soooooo early we had little else to do. Nigel from one of the coaches, was a great knowledge on racing. Opposite the ground was Doncaster racecourse. Nigel decided to operate a guided tour of the course and stands. What a tour! We still had time for a beer or two in the Donny Supporters bar before kick off. Amazingly, we sat next to John Shaw's relative who was a Doncaster fan! We might have been in Division Four but what a time to support the reds. Great memories. ....I might have even bumped into Slartibartfast!
  21. Chelsea had a few sub-10k crowds for league games as recently as about 93/94 as well.
  22. Anyone else watching the highlights again now
  23. Roverzzzzz’ next three opponents in the league: Burton Albion, Accrington Stanley, Lincoln City .... City’s next three opponents in the league: Middlesbrough, Stoke City, Swansea City ... Light years ahead of you ... keep looking up, keep dreaming that you’re ‘coming for us’ - keep convincing yourself that you are relevant - pitiful performance on here GGMI - but at least we let you on to spout your absolute rubbish - aren’t you missing your own forum, aka North Korea ...
  24. Followed by something something 1982 something something franchise.. then they're a tad stuck after that.
  25. The installation of these at Wolves and indeed at Tottenham is on paper, future proofing. They're still expected to uphold (or try to!) the all seater requirement. Whether the actually happens or is successful in practice is a different issue... One potential issue with this is the fact that PL regs state 3,000 away tickets or if ground holds under 30,000, 10%- would it fit with this? Another rule, though dunno how strictly it's upheld, is that a % of away seats have to be pitchside. Unconvinced the 2nd one always upheld but these are issues we need to factor in when considering away allocations and locations, planning ahead etc.
  26. City's average gates during our relentless plummet through the divisions: DIv.1 78-79 22,306 13th Mmm, everything seems fine. Div. 1 79-80 18,550 Relegated Div 2 80-81 9,950 Relegated Div.3 81-82 6,308 Relegated Div.4 82-83 4,723 14th Div. 4 83-84 7,212 PROMOTED 'Hello , hello, City are back, City are back.'
  27. Course they’ll sell out - there will obviously be around 3k sheeeeeed-eds in the ground to cheer on Webster and Dunk - cos whenever any player connected to City plays against the sags at the Mem we all rush to get tickets so we can cheer them on - it’s true cos the sags said so ....
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