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  1. The biggest joke about this is that Leganes (currently 2nd bottom and in a relegation battle) are not allowed to sign a replacement. One of the reasons the transfer window was introduced was to stop smaller teams having their best players cherry picked throughout the season. I believe (correct me if I'm wrong), that Barcelona needed permission from La Liga to make this signing, as per the rules, but no second thought is given to the team they have essentially robbed of their best forward. Ridiculous rule that favours the football elite again.
  2. 3-5-2 with an Afobe type striker suits KP and will see you get the best of him. Likewise, I believe this formation also gets the best out of Massengo. We moved away from this formation when Afobe got injured, imo the business we did in January is looking to move back towards that formation at some point. Accusations that he is lazy are misinformed - Positional sense is suspect and he definitely tackles like a forward, but he still chases back and attempts to press. The lad has only just turned 23, (could also be mentally suffering after his close mate lost a young child) but lets write him off entirely.
  3. Met him the other week up here. Really nice bloke and spoke highly of his time here. I would argue that when he arrived on loan he quickly became our talisman in keeping us up that year.
  4. You dont think flint inspired the others around him? He wasn't the most talented player but certainly put his body on the line, rarely gave up and scored some important goals (was our highest scorer of the last decade.....). Speaking to away fans at the time, many named him as the player the would want to sign from us.
  5. West End theatres you pay for the quality of the view/sound. As an away fan you don't get a choice - You are in the away end. Also you don't go and watch Wicked twice a week for 9 months a year (well you might... I guess). And new shows don't come around that often, the lion king has been running the exact same show at the exact same west end theatre since 1997 (insert jokes about our games being the same dull spectacle every week here) . Cheltenham Gold Cup tickets start at around £60. It's one of the biggest races of the season. If you want a like for like comparison you should compare it to cup final tickets which are ridiculously priced. It's also an entire day out and a once a year occasion. I went to 2 days of the Ashes at Old Trafford - I paid £55 a day for where I was sat, it was expensive (not the most expensive seats in the ground), but I was in the ground from 10:30am until 6pm each day. You could play 4 games of football in that time with half time and added breaks. Also - I realise the world cup took up much of the summer... But that was Englands only home full test series that year. British Grand Prix is very expensive. Too expensive - But it's a once a year event. not twice a week for 9 months. The biggest bands in the world tend to only play a handful of shows in each country before moving on. They then might not be back for several years. Decades in some cases. Truth is it's all too expensive nowadays. But the examples you give are very different situations to football.
  6. It may well be because everyone up here is a Manchester united/Manchester city/liverpool supporter and therefore it's never crossed their mind to support more than one team....... (I also work a lot In leeds and the idea of even having a soft spot for another team is completely alien to them....) But I've never been asked if I also support another team. I occasionally get asked why bristol city and they are all very complimentary of the reasons why. Frankly I rarely care about another teams result, unless it has a direct impact on Bristol city football club or it let's me laugh at rovers/Cardiff. I just enjoy watching football to be honest.
  7. cider-manc

    Baker

    Would like to see us go back to moore on the right, baker on the left and kalas on the right. Baker on the left gives more balance. Moore can bring the ball out. Kalas can go back to what he does best. Might seem harsh on Williams as he has been playing well. But perhaps whilst bringing out the best in him, his involvement hinders the others.
  8. Stoke vs southend utd - My first ever game at the old victoria. Ricky Otto scored the winner for Southend, 1993(ish) I was wearing a Jurassic park jumper.... Liverpool vs West Ham - again 93 I think, free tickets from a friends dad. The kop was still a terrace... Can remember it being quite impressive. Not sure it counts but I went to a preseason game at Crewe against Liverpool. Fairly local to where I grew up and big news that Liverpool were in town with new British record signing Stan Collymore. Manchester City - Quite a few games starting at Maine road and then on to the emirates. Used to get cheap tickets as a student. I still go every now and then for champs league games, some people tick off grounds they have visited, I keep track of players I've seen. Will be able to tell my kid I saw the likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Xavi etc . Probably the ground Ive attended most after Ashton Gate. Spurs vs Leicester - Day before the JPT final so thought I'd pop along. Good game 4-3 to spurs and I believe Harry Kane' first ever professional hat trick. Spurs v Everton - Free tickets via work in a box. Boring 0-0 game but met Ossie Ardiles after as he was in the box next to us. Arsenal Vs Burnley - FA cup game, again free tickets in a box via work. Met Ozil after the game and the only time I've ever met anyone who at the time is a current world champion. Arsenal Vs West brom - day after we played crawley.. I think... Someone down south anyway and last game of the season. Mate offered me a ticket that was going spare so thought why not. Dead rubber as neither teams could change league positions. Manchester United vs real sociedad - it occurred to me that I had lived in Manchester for 15 years plus and never been to old trafford. Which meant I'd never seen Giggs play, a pretty big omission on my list of players I've seen. Tickets at the time in the group stage of the champs league were easy to come by, so bit the bullet and went for it. Bolton vs ....er someone else. Friend had a meeting with clients in a box and I went along. The blinds were shut for the duration of the game so we could all get blind drunk out of view of the pitch. Surprisingly, I don't remember a thing about it. Wigan vs Birmingham city - As a student I used to live with a brummie so went along with the rest my house mates. Probably doesn't count as I was refused entry to the ground for being too drunk. They may have had a point as I got on a train in the wrong direction on the way home and ended up stranded in a small northern village for 2 hours. Also been to 3 charity shield matches. Man city lost to Arsenal in one, Manchester United beat wigan in another and the other one I honestly cant remember who played.... I think it was Manchester United....All work related so all at the companies expense. Few non league games at Altrincham. My ground of choice on non league day. Always try and attend a game when I'm abroad also. Haven't managed it in a while and I reckon the last one was Roma vs AC milan, only attended so I could see Totti. He didn't start but did come on as a sub in the last 15.
  9. In a perfect world- if Liverpool win the league then their fans won't. I don't have a favorite premier league team- I have an order of dislike. You sure as hell will never see me celebrate a goal by any of them.... Unless it wins me some money, so going on past history... still never.
  10. Palmer is very good friends with Afobe - Personal opinion is that emotions got to him last night and he was playing with his heart and not his head - I wouldn't blame him if that was the case. I know that he has been off form but people also forget that he has only just turned 23.
  11. We are 7 points better off than we were this time last season. If we had those 7 points last year we would have been comfortably in the playoffs. I understand it's not been the most scintillating of football so far and we have drawn far too many games but the injuries and circumstances need to be taken into consideration. Basically i find it bizarre that that people would still be happy if LJ left and i can only assume that it is due to his playing days or the awful losing streak he took us on still being held against him.
  12. Out of curiosity, What technology do you think isn't fit for purpose? The staff i have always found to be a credit to the club but i understand everyone has a bad day etc so not all customer experiences are always going to be to the expected levels.
  13. Only have it on in the background due to City interest. Couldn't give a damn about the result but a hungary goal to make the end interesting would be nice.
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