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  1. on the management side - Tony Pulis was a legend at Gillingham when he came to us.... definitely the most idiotic appointment I can think of, was never going to end well
  2. Might be wrong, but I think Ian Baird was held in very high regard by Leeds fans - for us, awful. was it southend away when he gave us the v's? Jesus, to think we went from having Jacki and Cole to Bair and Robinson in the space of a year Mind you, he was symbolic of the rot that set in under Osman. Speaking of which, I'd be certain he was a legend at Ipswich or wherever? Pretty sure I'll never again see a player scoring for us only to be greeted with boos!
  3. Did he offer anything interesting? Used to see him all the time down AG in the 90s, and actually had a leak next to him if that counts as a claim to fame.
  4. so completely! Couldn't have dreamt how much the game - or more to the point, supporting it - would change. Unbelievable, and also unbelievably sad Great times watching City!
  5. Andy May with a lawn-cutter of a shot from 25 yards!
  6. Not heard many nice words said about Anton and he does strike me as typical of that generation of footballers that got caught in the celebrity culture of it all. Of course that is not to excuse the abuse he received. Diverting mildly from the topic, I saw Ian Wright was recently in the press publicly forgiving some moron that was giving him stick (because Wright underperformed on Fifa or something insane!). Was a reminder of what a gentleman and genuine role model he is - the kind that's in such short supply now.
  7. I was going to mention Fever Pitch - whilst it of course wasn't Hornby's intention, I have no doubt that Gus's notoriety is unfailingly linked to that book. He would have been long forgotten by everyone by now were it not for being immortalized and highlighted in one of football's most ground breaking literary works. As others mention, he really wasn't thaaaaat bad. He wasn't great by any means, but it's curious how people are more inclined to list him in a roll-call of city's worst rather than, say, Brian Mitchell, Liam Robinson, Ian Baird, etc from much the same era. So yeah, gi
  8. I don't dispute any of that and you are completely correct in everything you say, but you miss my point. The match did take on an extraordinary extra level of importance given the recent history between the nations, and that much is confirmed by Argentina's players (and Maradona) who have been quoted at length on the topic. What I am saying is that I understand the passions and win at all costs attitude that it fostered. Even without a war overshadowing footballing events, I for one would certainly have done the same thing if the boot had been on the other foot and would expect any
  9. blimey - credit to him it was only three times. In his position i wouldn't leave home without a brick of charlie down my pants On a more serious note, he had many flaws and many stains on his character, but i can't imagine the immensity of the pressure he was under. I'm thoroughly in agreement, this was the greatest player ever.
  10. With regards to 1986, I gotta' say, who wouldn't have done the same in his position - playing a country that had tonked you in a war four years previous, I'd have been more than happy to use any means necessary to get a result. A game like that should always be approached with a more flexible view of the rules.
  11. I'm gutted. I'd always hoped he'd find redemption with one last great hurrah as a manager but I guess the demons were too strong. As natural as it is for us English to hate him, you could never question his talent, appetite nor passion for the game. And I for one prefer a world with Maradona rather than the bland, robot geniuses that the modern game produces. He was brilliant as a villain, but even better as a footballer. RIP.
  12. Bang on - and going back just a little further you've got Andy Cole, Bob Taylor, etc. In fact, despite our rather modest achievements we haven't half been spoiled at times with some fabulous front men. That doesn't mean we haven't bought any duds upfront, but then again we've bought duds all over the rest of the pitch as well - and we're not alone in that. You can apply that to every single team on the planet. No-one gets it right all of the time. Talk of a strikers curse is bananas and simply doesn't stand up to even the gentlest scrutiny.
  13. Bamboozles me! The bloke's got passion, heart and unbelievable work rate. And he's a bloody decent footballer with an excellent multi-dimensional game that extends way beyond his forward duties. To tick that many boxes is remarkable, so it amazes me so many people wear blinkers and don't give him the credit he warrants. We'd been crying out for a player like this for years, and while he's not irreplaceable, losing him would be a massive blow. Absolute diamond he is!
  14. Encouraging start but we're not even out of November yet. One of the big problems we have as a fan base is our tendency to dramatize things and see only in black and white - a couple of wins and we're going up, a couple of losses and we're absolutely hopeless. A more measured approach would be great, but i guess football fans in general are rarely realistic! Good on him mind!
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