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  1. Yes. Don’t bet on whatever I choose: I think the last winner I backed was Little Polveir in 1989! Although to be fair in recent years I’ve only bet if I’m actually going to watch the race, so I haven’t backed a loser every year. I know nothing about horse racing and apart from the National only bet on the couple of occasions a year I go to a race meeting. FWIW my money’s going on Ramses de Teillee, the logic being that it’s a grey, so it will be easy to pick out for as long as it stays on its feet!
  2. Anyone know if the Grand National will be shown in the Sports Bar or concourses after the game today? If it isn’t, any suggestions on a good place, within range, that I could head to?
  3. The four of us sitting in Dolman Block 30 also thought the keeper had saved it, although I did see the ball again just before it went over the line. I think it must have been rolling out of sight behind the keeper from our angle, so our brains were convinced the ball had actually stopped.
  4. According to the FA website setting out the laws, the test is not whether the ball travels backwards (that isn't mentioned) but whether, at the moment it is played, any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent So unless there's another defender out of shot (and having watched the game live and the replay on TV I don't think there was) I think he's offside.
  5. Thanks Dave. I will (genuinely) bear that in mind.
  6. You're right, of course. And the red button coverage is very basic. But there is a price to pay for the much better experience of being at the game (unless you live within walking distance of the ground). For me that either meant taking the bus - leaving the house around 6.00, I imagine, and getting home well after 11.00, or driving down early enough to get a parking space within a reasonable distance of the ground and then having a couple of hours to kill before going to the game. As I didn't particularly want to have a meal and wasn't fussed about having any beer, I decided that I'd rather stay at home than do either of these. I won't always do that, but I've never really liked going to games on a Friday. My travel issues are insignificant compared to many City fans, but I expect there will be other times when I decide to accept a second best viewing experience in order to avoid the hassle of getting to and from the game. If the red button option hadn't been available, I would have been at the game. I can't imagine this on its own will stop me getting a ST in future, as I go with a group, and it would be difficult or impossible for us to get organised enough to sit together for odd games. But it wouldn't surprise me if a few ST holders didn't renew on account of the red button option. What a bonus it is to be able to watch so many away games, though!
  7. In his Sky interview after the Hull-Villa game Steve Bruce has confirmed Villa are interested in Bryan but suggests no bid has yet been accepted: "We're in talks with the club: I don't think there's any deal been reached yet"
  8. Dier for me - although, watching them each at home on TV, my reaction was pretty similar, involving vaulting off the sofa, jumping around the living room laughing and screaming. I may have used some naughty words on each occasion. Beating Man U was great, but my disappointments with England World Cup performances/results go back to 1970 and Peter Bonetti. Once it went to penalties last night I had no doubt we would lose. So even though there may be another let-down round the corner, there was nearly 50 years' worth of frustration to let out when we actually won. Watching England, it's probably only David Platt's 119th minute winner against Belgium in 1990 that could rival the feeling last night. There are a few City goals that I enjoyed more than Smith's winner (maybe in part because I was at the games): - Martyn Hirst's winner at Eastville in the FA Cup in 1983 (before I was a City fan, really, but knowing Martyn a bit made that special) - Steve Neville's 119th(?) minute Freight Rover winner against Hereford in 1986 - both the goals against Hartlepool in the play-off semi-final Nothing like a late, late winner, when not winning would be utterly horrible, to remind us just why we watch football! Maybe that's why the Smith goal doesn't quite make the cut for me: however good it was to beat Man U, losing wouldn't have been terrible.
  9. But...for the period when they weren't topping up, didn't you pay the whole £10 (times 338.5 using your numbers)? If so, they do just owe you 338.5 lots of £2. HMRC is effectively just paying the £677 later than it should. On the other hand, if your £3385 only represented 80% of the full cost, then the remaining 20% would be due from HMRC - about £846. That's what I was trying to get at earlier. Again, apologies if I've misunderstood.
  10. When the HMRC top up stopped did you have to take up the slack, paying the full amount to your childcare provider(s), whereas you would only have paid 80% of the total if the system had been working properly? A quick look at gov.uk suggests that HMRC normally pays part of the childcare cost rather than reimbursing you after you've paid the full whack, but I've no experience of this benefit, so apologies if I'm off the mark here. If you did have to "take up the slack" I think HMRC is right: in that case, if the system had been working properly you would not have paid £3,385.53 but £2,708.42, and the £677 would represent 25% of what you had paid.
  11. £5 contributed. Thanks for all your efforts on this. Enjoy the cider!
  12. A Friday morning in December 2004. I've woken a bit late and blurry-eyed after a Christmas party, look out of my window and see someone who looks like Clayton Fortune taking furniture out of a van outside the house. Decide I'm hallucinating and need more sleep before going out again that evening. Forget all about it until a couple of days later my 12 year old City-mad daughter excitedly tells me that Danny Coles is in next door's back garden. Turns out he's our new next door neighbour and Clayton had been helping him move in. My daughter still hasn't forgiven me for not accepting DC's invitation (by polite note popped through door apologising in advance for the noise) to go round for his New Year's party a couple of weeks later, with lots of City players in attendance. Never did meet Clayton Fortune.
  13. My immediate reaction was that he'd have got to it. A bit less certain after watching the replays they've just shown - all in slow motion, though, which often makes things look different from seeing them at full speed.But I'm not convinced it's a shocker.
  14. The logic is that the handball didn't prevent a goal or a clear goalscoring opportunity. Matter of judgment, of course, but it looked to me as if John Terry was going to clear it pretty comfortably, so I actually think the ref got that one right. From the laws of the game. Red card for: denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
  15. And this, as all we oldies know, is why all Prime Ministers and Presidents should be 25 and under, so we can make the most of young peoples' talents while they still know everything.
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