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    Barry Fry - What a comedian.

    As someone who in the distant past worked in the same industry as Macanthony Realty International I can honestly say they were the most aggressive, scheming bunch of bullshitters I have ever come across. They were even banned by the organisers of most overseas property exhibitions due to their dodgy practices. There was an excellent exposé by the Sunday Times about them back in 2005/6 too but as the Times is now behind a paywall I can't find the article but I have found a copy of it posted to a forum. http://www.easterncyprus.com/archive/intresting-reading-for-buyers-3864.htm

    RIP Bob Boyd (Merged)

    Sad to hear this. I played for Boco in 1985-88 and he would come and watch us play/train from time to time, as he would with a lot of the age groups. He certainly did a lot for kids back in those days and he would be proud of what Boco has become now with the facilities they have and amount of young boys and girls they have playing for them. RIP Bob.

    We will have a new badge next season

    I started reading that link but after 2 minutes I felt like I wanted to start self-harming. Utterly dreadful stuff.

    England v Costa Rica

    We met one of the Brimsons in the Melting Pot in Toulouse is 98. Was an utter helmet. Refused to admit he was one of the brothers and when he did admit it he then said the gas had a better 'mob' than City. After more than a few grumbles from my mates he shot off pretty sharpish. Was a great trip though.

    Meeting footballers in unexpected places.

    Saw Gerry Francis in Menorca in 88/89 when I was on hols with my family as a kid. My dad said I should come over and say hello but I refused as he was manager of the fewers at the time. Met Nigel Planer in exactly the same place the following year.

    Ashley Williams - collapsed lung

    I've had 5 badly fractured ribs and that is utter agony let alone having a punctured lung to go with it. Minimum of 6-8 weeks out with at least 4 of those unable to move much. He better hope to God he doesn't sneeze in the next few weeks either.

    2018 World Cup (Merged)

    Fair play. Personally I think that Ashley Young could be one of the players that may get targeted by the opposition as whilst he is good going forward I think defensively he could be a weak link. Agreed that Kane, Alli, Sterling and Lingard could be match winners the same could be said for De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku and Mertens. Defensively Belgium also have Kompany, Alderwiereld and Vertonghen who, in my opinion, would walk into most teams in the tournament. One thing against the Belgians is the fitness of key players like Lukaku, Alderwiereld and Kompany.

    2018 World Cup (Merged)

    I agree they have flattered to deceive recently but with the talent they have in the squad in almost every position they certainly have the potential to go far. As an aside, are you confident of England getting a result against them in the Group stages? Personally, I would be happy with a point.

    This is soooo dull

    Or what round of the League Cup we get Gillingham.
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    2018 World Cup (Merged)

    Brazil Lukaku 2nd round Belgium
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    F.A. Cup final

    Yep, agreed he is one of the worst for that Rob but when he actually decides to play he ain't half bad. A bit like Deli Ali but with winners medals.
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    F.A. Cup final

    Totally agree. It's a cliche but he is what I would call a footballers footballer. Completely understand where you are coming from Joe. He is unimaginative but he doesn't need to be as his role is to do the simple things well. I am aware you aren't English but it shouldn't make any difference what nationality you are as most nations have at least one player like JH. Deschamps for France, Fernandinho and Dunga for Brazil, Busquets for Spain, Sami Khedira for Germany to name a few. None are what you would call flair players but all were absolutely crucial to the success of their teams.
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    F.A. Cup final

    Yeah, Busquets wasn't the best comparison but he was the first person to pop into my head. Although, compared to some of his team mates, will he be the one of the first players people will talk about in 10/20 years when people discuss how good that Barca side was? As somebody who played that exact role for a few teams I feel a certain affinity with that type of player. The fact I came 2nd in the players player of the year awards for 5 years running with one of my teams kind of backs up my statement. Yeah, it still rankles...........
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    F.A. Cup final

    Agree with most of that Joe apart from the Henderson comment. I think JH is a much better player than most people give him credit for. Granted, he is unlikely to score or create many goals but he makes his team mates better as they know he will do the hard work if they are caught out of position. He is, (to steal a phrase from Zidane) a water carrier. As Deschamps was for ZZ. The type of player that goes unnoticed to most casual observers but who his team mates love. If we are going to relate it to a City player, Skuse is probably the closest we have had recently. Technically excellent and happy to do the shit stuff like covering a fullback out of position or just keeping possession and slowing the tempo down. Personally, I think every good team has had one of those type of players. EG, Busquets, McMahon, Peter Reid, Kante, Keane etc.
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    F.A. Cup final

    Tbf, I can remember watching Jones when he was at Blackburn and he was easily one of the best defenders I have seen for a 19 year old. I personally think there is an excellent player there somewhere but he seems to be made of glass and injuries have stifled his progress massively. Unfortunately, England are very weak in the two CB positions. Personally, I would have called up Ben Mee to play alongside Tarkowski as they have both been immense this year.