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  1. That's a classic story. I can't recall whether I've ever mentioned it on here, but as a bet, someone I know allegedly spent a season 2000/01, as a reporter for Calcio Italia magazine comparing Serie B and our 2nd tier. Spent most matches at the back of the Williams in the press overflow. Picked up free access tickets on matchday from the old ticket kiosk. They never asked for Press Acreditation back then. Got access to interview manager and old players bar after games too :laugh:. Lee Peacock was the biggest piss head. But much fun. Learnt how to do actual reports. One was even used, as the reporter, from memory The Telegraph, turned up late for an evening game against Millwall. He used the report for print next day :laugh: 4 sent off, 2-1 win. Maddest season. All for a bet. There are two pages about it in the Club Supporters memories book released a few years back. Mental...no one ever questioned it. Couldn't do it these days.
  2. Over the past few seasons, comparing the XG between Brentford and us was interesting. It showed we were batting above our average so to speak, and that Brentford were under achieving. Compare the stats to what you saw with your own eyes, it was obvious Brentford were in an upward spiral and that we were in a massive downturn, even though tables didn't show it. It eventually caught up last season. The trends continued. XG isn't perfect, but it does give you an insight to which way a club is progressing.
  3. I think you were in the minority. Many said they enjoyed SoDs interviews and comments early doors...then it just got silly as we know. NP is marmite. He grates on me in the way he responds to questions. Always comes across as a chore and like he's Mr Angry. I get the impression it's an act and away from football he's a big softy. The Professional side I guess...some people feel they have to act like the alpha male to get the response they want or impression given. That's how I see it. Others will disagree I'm sure.
  4. This has all the makings of another SoD scenario. Fans originally liked his in depth interviews, but when results weren't to fans liking, and pressure mounted, and ' stupid questions' came to the fore from the media...we all know what happened next. It'll be an interesting watch if we start off poorly...
  5. Same here...grew up wearing suits for work and after/before Golf and Football and other sports. It was normal to turn up to matches wearing a suit and afterwards having dinner with the opposition or just a few drinks. Imo...it shows respect. Plus when putting one on, it made you feel proud and have a little bit more energy. It was almost a ritual. People do treat you differently when you wear one I've found. I agree about suits that are poorly fitted. Let's face it...Boris would look a mess if he was fitted head to toe in Boss or Armani. He's just a bag of spanners. How any other nation takes him seriously god knows. The eccentric public school buffoon image isn't understood abroad...they just see him as a fat mess. It doesn't ask of any respect...or show respect. Still...I think it's good for any team to wear a suit to games before and afterwards. Chucking on a tracksuit just doesn't mean anything. It just gives off a too casual feeling and vibe.
  6. Worth googling positives of wearing a suit. Lots of studies have shown that putting on a suit makes you think differently and more powerful. Also people seeing you in a suit react differently and treat you differently. Personally I've found this to be true in life and in sport. Wearing comfy training wear, that's no different to the sloppy comfy clothes most wear when chilling, really doesn't present a manner of any difference to slouching on the couch watching TV...how does that motivate a mindset of preparing for something different and action?
  7. Exactly this...plus the pressure mounts even more if it's for England. We have history and expectation of losing them. I can't imagine the pressure those young players felt, with a whole nation depending on them. Thousands at the ground watching. I've experienced playing Competition Cup final golf tournaments, where your name is announced on the tee, with a few hundred watching. You can hear a pin drop, all eyes on you, just you. You literally turn to jelly, nothing can prepare you for it, apart from practice and making it mechanical. Your heart pumps, you sweat, you shake, you can hear your heart beat in your ears, and every move feels weak and less controllable. I can imagine it was a thousand times worse in front of a whole nation. The feeling must be so intense and unbearable.
  8. It's not until you live abroad that you realise how fantastic the NHS is. We do take it for granted. For me, it's the biggest positive this country has. We should fight tooth and nail to keep it functioning properly and fund it better through Government. It's the number one that we should be proud of.
  9. Probably...but I didn't know about a team named after us and the Gas.
  10. Was doing some research and stumbled on this...never knew they existed. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Football_Club I was actually trying to find out about River Plate AFC from 1911/12. My Great Grandfather played for them. I have a picture of him in squad with trophy from that year. I don't have a clue about them. Did Bristol have. AFC River Plate?
  11. I don't think any Government in this Country would do the correct thing. They are all as bad as one another. In it for themselves, and spending more time nit picking each others faults, instead of actually making sure people are being paid a fair wage. All of them full of empty promises and bullshit.
  12. I'd like to think any money given actually went into the pockets of the nurses on the front line...and not to the NHS itself. I'd be trying to send a clear message to the establishment that these people need a pay rise.
  13. I don't think Bakinson will make the grade as to what NP wants from his players. I don't think he's physically fit enough or has the mental aptitude to apply himself fully to the required standard. He comes across as really immature imo. Obviously has ability like Palmer...but both imo will struggle.
  14. No...it wasn't that sort of place. No TV...no WiFi. Purely at one with nature.
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