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  1. What is the point of being a supporter if you can’t tip your team for promotion pre-season. We might not ultimately do it but it’s nice to spend a few weeks thinking we can.
  2. Still feels early to predict but: Up: Fulham, us and Stoke Down: Millwall, Charlton and Barnsley
  3. I might not go as far as dark horses but I think QPR are doing some very smart transfer business. I can see them being a lot more comfortable than last season.
  4. Should an Alligator Conservation Charity really be spending that kind of money on sponsoring a football club?
  5. It isn’t telling people about your preferences though. I don’t think most gay people want to tell other people their sexuality but they do want to be able to talk about their lives. It’s not at all unusual for someone to come into work on a Monday and talk about where they went or what they did with their husband or wife over the weekend. It’s not all unusual for people to talk their friends about the boy or girl they have started dating. If someone is gay, none of these things are people promoting their sexuality - just talking about their lives as anyone would. But it is hard to do that if you feel compelled to hide the gender of the person you are talking about.
  6. I read his book recently. It is a great and very, very funny read.
  7. I don't necessarily agree and, at times like this, I'm reminded of the fact that - if I've got my history right as I am bit too young for this and it is based on what I've read rather than my own memory - in 1982 we were the first club to go bankrupt but continue by restarting as a new business and taking the old business' place in the league. It is common practice these days but I understand there was abuse and resentment for other clubs as we were perceived to be cheating the situation. The point I am making I suppose is that this is sport, and it's not surprising that teams aim to get whatever advantage they can under the rules. I don't like clubs getting around FFP by selling their stadiums, and I wonder if it is a mistake in the long-term as it could have unforeseen consequences - but I feel it is more of a need for the league to tighten up the rules rather than a need to condemn clubs for utilising loopholes that exist. Perhaps I am being too generous though.
  8. He wrote a couple of columns for the Guardian on his aspirations to coach and manage and came across as knowledgeable, articulate and very clear on his ideas. Obviously you never know how these things will work out in practice but I can easily see him having a future as a manager. I very much hope that, as a club, we keep in contact and support ex-players with aspirations to move into management and coaching, even where we don't have formal roles to offer. If it all goes well and he gets his experience, Rosenior could well be someone we want to offer a role to further down the line. Yeah - my memory is a bit hazy but I thought he primarily played right back for us.
  9. Exactly what I was going to say. Very good player but, given Chelsea have a transfer ban and a move to Arsenal isn't the done thing unless your name is Sol Campbell and Man United have fallen behind Spurs, it is hard to see which Premier league teams have a space for him.
  10. Has anyone ever tried to beat the shit out of you because of your attraction to the opposite sex? Has anyone ever called you unnatural or a freak because of your attraction to the opposite sex? Have you ever feared your family and friends will disown you due to your attraction to the opposite sex? Do you see people in other countries imprisoned or executed for their attraction to the opposite sex? Perhaps these are all reasons why it is a very different thing? The last 2000 years of human history?
  11. I think people often misunderstand what not coming out means. Especially if you are famous. It doesn’t simply mean not making a public announcement that you are gay. It also means: 1. Not being able to talk to your work colleagues or friends about the person you are in a relationship with 2. Not being able to tell anecdotes about your personal life or make references to places you have been and things you have done with your partner. 3. Not being able to go on holiday or to restaurants with your partner for fear of being spotted and people finding out. 4. Not being able to ask people out without a fear they will tell other people about your sexuality. 5. Constantly avoiding talking about people you fancy or deliberately concealing their gender if you do. ”Not coming out” if you are a footballer is not simply not making a big deal of your sexuality. It is lying about or hiding every aspect of your personal life for fear of discovery. Of course, people should have the choice but I am skeptical about how many gay footballers who conceal their sexuality and avoid being seen out and about with the person they are in a relationship do so because they is how they want to live their lives.
  12. I fear there will be a few idiots who engage in derogatory chants but hopefully the player will find comfort in that the gauntlet he runs will make it easier for those who follow him. Hopefully the majority of fans will support him. As others have said, there must be gay players in the game and they should have the right not to hide who they are. People sometimes question why gay people need to come out at all but nobody should feel unable to talk about or be seen out and about with the person they love.
  13. Back during the Olympics I went to see a double-header, which was Senegal v Uruguay and then GB vs UAE, I think I really enjoy double headers as a concept and would be well up for that.
  14. I think what is even more remarkable is that they have posted a picture captioned "Multiple tents have been left behind by festival-goers as the event comes to a close" on an article that is timestamped 8:43am on Monday morning, despite the fact that people do not have to leave until 5pm. Either they are psychic or, far more likely, making it up...
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