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  1. chipdawg

    Barnsley - Mental Health/MIND Charity

    I wasn't having a go at you as such (as I said, I'm a bit of a cynic myself). Sometimes you have to just take things on face value I guess
  2. chipdawg

    Barnsley - Mental Health/MIND Charity

    Why would you think it's a wind up? I have loads of mates who are Barnsley fans that have been talking about this. The recipient of the letter is a Barnsley fan who's been chronicling (not sure that's the right word) his mental health difficulties on twitter and the CEO (who's new and 29 years old) sent him that letter. The club didn't publicise it at all, it was the guy who got the letter. You can be cynical about it (God knows I'm a cynical soul!), but I think this is just a great gesture by a club which from personal experience is pretty good at community engagement
  3. chipdawg

    Ian Wright spouting crap!

    It's impossible to say why, but there is undoubtedly an agenda in some parts of the media (and Ian Wright was talking specifically about the media if you read what he said). Personally I think it's because Sterling's background (child immigrant of a 'yardy' gangster who was paid staggering sums of money very early in his career), but it difficult to argue that race and his immigrant status don't play into that. I don't think race had anything to do with his poor ratings at the world cup, that's primarily because the average football fan doesn't understand the game very well...
  4. chipdawg

    Dud Watch

    I agree with this; he's obviously a talented player, he was just trying to force things which I take as a desperation to make the move succeed. If he was a golfer, we'd have said he had the tips. I think the issue was that we went for a 'high risk, high reward' type loan rather than a sure thing, which reflects even more poorly on the player. If we'd been offered the opportunity to sign him on the cheap over the summer I'd have taken the risk personally, though it would undoubtedly been a risk
  5. chipdawg

    first league win

    a) wrong forum b) Saturday
  6. chipdawg

    Joe Bryan - Signed for Fulham CONFIRMED

    Jan 17 might not look that great now, but Djuric and especially Taylor contributed significantly to keeping us up. None of those players have really worked out for us, but they served a purpose
  7. chipdawg

    Bristol City v Nottingham Forest Match Day 1

    Yeah, I could see Paterson, Weimann and Eliasson having fairly free roles up front and O'Dowda and Brownhill playing either side of Pack and pushing forward. It's an attacking line up, however you arrange them PS many congratulations @havanatopia, though glad you got your priorities right and still knocked up a match thread on this very important day (by which I mean the first day of the season, of course)
  8. chipdawg

    Joao carvalho

    I never thought Flint and Baker was that great a combo actually, even though they obviously played well together at times. On paper, Webster-Baker should work well, though of course the game is played on grass...
  9. chipdawg

    Joao carvalho

    I agree with this. Everyone is saying Forest are the next Wolves because they signed some young Portuguese players, but Carvalho and Goncalves aren't of the same quality as Neves and Jota from what I can see. Forest have certainly signed some decent players, but I'm not sure they're to be feared- especially first game of the season
  10. chipdawg

    Joe Bryan - Signed for Fulham CONFIRMED

    It's definitely the case with u24 players that they can't speak to another club in the same association until after the season ends, due to the compensation system. Obviously that doesn't apply when moving abroad as no compensation is due. I'm 90% certain the same rule applies for all players
  11. chipdawg

    Joe Bryan - Signed for Fulham CONFIRMED

    They do, but I believe you can only sign a pre-contract with a club in the same association within a month of the contract ending. No idea why that is, but that's how I think it's works. Players do sign them though
  12. chipdawg

    Joe Bryan - Signed for Fulham CONFIRMED

    Only non-English teams could do that though, English teams can only sign him to a pre-contract within the last month of his contract. Not saying it couldn't happen with the alledged interest from Germany, but it does narrow the pool of interested parties with the ability to sign him for nothing in January
  13. chipdawg

    Aston Villa

    I don't have anything particularly against Villa (though I agree there is a certain arrogance amongst their fans over playing at champ level), but I really think the only thing that's going to save English football now is of the league and the authorities let a really big club go to the wall. There's now a cycle of 'spend money you don't have, gamble on success, when it doesn't work find someone else to spend money' and it distorts the competition and creates this unending sense of financial peril. And the fans of clubs like Villa are complicit in it all because they seem to dismiss the recent peril as bad luck and assume it'll all work out this time. It has to stop somewhere
  14. chipdawg

    Joe Bryan - Signed for Fulham CONFIRMED

    I agree with that, but I think there's enough in the papers to make it apparent there is interest. I guess the closer we get to the deadline the more important it is whether a bid has been made
  15. chipdawg

    Joe Bryan - Signed for Fulham CONFIRMED

    Its very relevant. Clubs can talk to his agent as much as they like, they need us to accept an offer. Given how much smoke there is in the media about interest in him, I really don't think it's news if clubs have spoken to his agent