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Everything posted by Leveller

  1. Odd comment. All we are doing is replacing Afobe in the short term, faced with a clear gap in the squad.
  2. He was excellent at Ashton Gate. For Brentford though.
  3. I’m intrigued by the almost universal condemnation of swampy’s call of hypocrisy when comparing racism with “sheep shaggers” etc for the Welsh. To my mind, swampy has a genuine point. There seems to be very widespread acceptance that racism is appalling, but somehow that it’s limited to skin colour and any hate speech (because that’s what it is) aimed at other white people is just acceptable banter. A few points: - racism itself was “acceptable banter” until it wasn’t. In the 1960s most fans would probably have thought calling a black player names was fair in the cause of upsetting the opposition. - “Sheep shaggers”. So if we played an Arab team, how many people would think it was acceptable and funny to call them “Camel shaggers”? Not many, I’m guessing. - racism is only based on ethnicity? Hmm. Mr Popodopoulos has pointed out the Serb/Croat issue. What about the English treatment of the Irish? Again, back in the 1960s, landlords had signs in the window saying “No blacks, no Irish, no dogs”. I haven’t checked the legislation, but I’d be surprised if the “No Irish” bit was still legal. The problem is that the difference between banter and hate speech is all in the intent, which is subjective. There may be quite a few fans who genuinely hate the Welsh, or Scots, and can’t see that this prejudice is pretty similar to racism. If you’re treating it like banter with your mates, that’s fine, but last season’s Swansea match shows we don’t all act like mates in other respects.
  4. And are exactly the sort of Eastern European immigrants that our native racists want kept out!
  5. Does it generally irritate you that people support other clubs? It would be odd if they didn’t. Personally I could sit in a mixed crowd without wanting to hit away fans.
  6. It's a pity we can't judge people by their demeanour - though I accept that's impractical. I just think that one clearly well behaved couple should be allowed to remain if the shirt is covered up. Otherwise what does it say about the people around them, that could be "provoked" by one away fan who wouldn't say boo to a goose?
  7. Simple . It’s how the three uses of YOUR in the thread title should have appeared - you’re, you’re, your.
  8. I think the WBA reaction was pretty ridiculous to be honest. OK, you can’t allow groups of aggressive away fans to barge into the home end and look for trouble - or even light heartedly banter with Home fans. But this is obviously a naive harmless middle class married couple who aren’t up to speed with football terrace culture, and one is from Wales and the other from West Brom. What are they supposed to do, celebrate their anniversary in separate stands? Agree it was naive for him to wear an away shirt. However, he was clearly not out to create a problem, and offered to remove or cover the shirt. To eject the couple, with no options, was very harsh.
  9. Southend’s almost in Holland isn’t it?
  10. This seems to have originated with Alan Nixon in The Sun, yesterday evening. So it could have a grain of truth.
  11. Press reports today suggest that Southend’s next management team is to be Henrik Larsson AND Dirk Kuyt! Well that would be an interesting one.
  12. Reports in the press today alleging we are still after him and that Arsenal may want to recall him due to lack of game time.
  13. Howard Pritchard
  14. Can they ever rest?
  15. I’m disappointed. He doesn’t look remotely obese. I expected Billy Bunter with the skill of George Best.
  16. Millwall fans seem to reckon he’s off to Southend.
  17. It’s solid and nine games unbeaten speaks volumes. Yet we’re not really exciting and rarely come away having convincingly outplayed the opposition - only four actual wins out of ten and only one at home. It’s all rather like last season. This sort of level means we won’t struggle, but how I’d like to see a team that really clicks occasionally!
  18. Edit except of course for eg “on the evening of 5 November”
  19. I’m not Bristolian, but can’t say I’ve ever heard on the evening in England! Maybe it’s niche Bristle.
  20. “On the evening”? Sheesh! I’m starting a campaign against on the team on the weekend and now - on the evening!* This is not the US of A! In the team at the weekend this evening ... in Blighty, please. *oh and sneaked, not snuck, while I’m at it.
  21. If the price paid was actually Euros, surely BP are reporting it 100% accurately?
  22. What annoys me more is the attackers trick of “creating” a body check by simply running straight into a defender.
  23. Whoops. It’s bad enough when misguided youngsters do this sort of thing, but the 33 year old club captain was with them, allowing it to happen!
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