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  1. So this reporter is a top guy, does his research, has contacts? Shame he isn’t aware the players entrance is no longer in the Atyeo, tells you all you need to know about him. Has now said an official approach has been made, that is either true and has come from the agent, or is BS, we shall see. Seems to me he is jumping on the LJ out brigades bandwagon, be careful what you wish for.
  2. Most of the U23 team is made up of U18’s and first team squad players in need of games. A lot of our best U23’s are already on loan, which was one reason why the manager left, he was having to play players who he wasn’t directly coaching, both young and old. Take a look at the team line ups for previous U23 games on the official site.
  3. He called both Smith and Fammy by their first names during the game. Its what many refs do, they want to be part of the gang, rather than be impartial judges of incidents in the game.
  4. Rowe gave the ref a chance, why did he need to be as close as he was? The guy was moving away from the goal.
  5. Many of those with tickets are youngsters, £50 wasn’t it for a child ST and £90 for U19? What the actual attendance is for each match remains a mystery as I believe all ST’s are included, or am I mistaken? The match day experience for the majority is probably better, choice of bars and food, a decent view under cover for nearly all, unfortunately I can’t agree with the better on field experience, and that ultimately will drive the attendances.
  6. Would you agree two things we could take from rugby relatively easily and which would improve the football experience are the stopping of the clock (I’m not entirely sure what the rugby rule is about stopping the clock!) and the on field treatment of injuries. The time taken now for free kicks of any kind appears to be unlimited, and the on field treatment often appears to be directly related to the state of the game at the time in football. I’m not yet at the disillusioned state as some of the posts, but I do wonder how long it will be before some of our younger fans will decide a Saturday at home with the PlayStation or doing something else is preferable, as opposed to waiting endlessly for a goal kick to be taken, or a player to have his broken fingernail operated on.
  7. Very close to my thoughts as well. If you watch a game as a neutral it is quite obvious how much cheating takes place by both sides in an effort to gain an advantage, we could start a ‘how teams cheat’ thread and have nearly as many posts as the Gas thread. Not a big rugby fan, but last night watched the bears game on BT, no dissent, no swearing at the ref or each other, accepting the refs decision and getting on with it, if there were any obvious attempts at cheating none were mentioned by the commentators. There was some talk between the ref and some players but it all seemed to be respectful and in the right spirit. It seems to me the tighter games are the worse the gamesmanship is, so perhaps the Championship has more than most leagues. To have had to bring in a law that cautions players for ‘simulation’ says it all really.
  8. All of the academy’s you mention will have fully qualified and competent coaches. A player can not commit by signing to an academy at that age, therefore my advice would be to train with the club that best suits your circumstances, coaching time is governed by the FA, so it pretty much comes down to where the academy is, what evenings or weekend days training is on, and how that fits into your current lifestyle and other commitments. if your son progresses to the point where a contract is offered you can then decide either to sign for that particular academy or see if an academy of your choice is interested. Trust me if your son shows real signs of having what it takes to make it then you will have plenty of suitors.
  9. Wouldn’t disagree with you, but the lack of penetration on the other wing doesn’t help. Jay would have had a field day today given the space available, and would have taken the pressure off Eliasson, who is expected to deliver every time. Talking about straight crosses, how many times did we try to ‘cross’ from the centre of the field? Probably the most difficult pass in the game, only Hoddle had that one in his bag.
  10. I have to reluctantly agree with you IF the end justifies the means, however today I was bored stiff, and I think the vast majority of home fans were as well. if that point gets us in the play offs then so be it, if it doesn’t then maybe LJ may need a rethink, if he’s still with us.
  11. Sorry, an early morning joke from me. I trust the little one is well and already a lifelong Red.
  12. Just to add to this with regard to email, I have received match tickets by email and they arrived not in my inbox, but straight to my junk mail folder. Perhaps worth looking in that folder just in case the same is happening to those ‘missing’ tickets.
  13. I think that’s got clean sheet every game written all over it. COD involved as well, I would imagine that we could do an Arsenal and win the league.
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