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  1. I once got sent off for a foul throw and for spelling my name. Ref said my foot was on the line. I said that as long as part of my foot is on the line and not fully over it, it’s legal. He went to book me for dissent. Asked my surname and I spelt it, very slowly. He sent me off for sarcasm.
  2. Same. Definitely can’t recall us playing Spurs. I’m sure a Spurs friendly in the 90’s would’ve attracted me to the game as I have a spurs supporting mate, and we definitely didn’t go to this.
  3. There certainly seems to be a hell of a lot of angry 15 year olds in the crowd. Quite embarrassing really.
  4. Amounts varied. I think, and certainly one or two that I know, would’ve been very keen to stuff the compensation and take it to court. The problem was, in terms of costs, these guys would’ve been putting their houses or their parents houses at risk. Was gonna be a very costly case if they didn’t win. The settlement was the best option for all, even though there was a desire from some to really go for it.
  5. I’m still right Pops. They always seem to ask me to open my coat in the winter, but they never ask me the same question when it’s warm. No consistency, if you ask me
  6. Well done to all involved. Incredible to think that a number of these supporters were sat in a pub, engaging in friendly conversation with Birmingham fans whom they knew from England trips abroad, no trouble was likely, and yet the WMP accused them of being hooligans and a risk!! Truly unbelievable and I’m happy for those 10 that got a result. However, another 40 or so didn’t take the case forward due to potential costs if they lost, so a thought to those guys too. But massive well done for the perseverance of the 10 and the SCT support. Big win.
  7. Not really. Somebody asked to see them and those that know the people innocently hospitalised by this have stated their preference to not share them. And that should be the end of the matter.
  8. So what. If you are in a group who knows these people, or knows someone who knows someone etc then you may have seen the images shared PRIVATELY. If you are not in such circles then you may not be lucky (or unlucky) enough to view them. Nothing to do with being in the know. I’m 100% certain there are things that you share with your friends which I will never see To be honest, when it got to about midday today and I hadn’t seen a thread yet on here I was glad, as I’m sure it’s something that those involved and their families probably don’t want shared publically. Trust me bud, you don’t wanna see the images and this is an overall situation that those not directly involved in are probably best not getting involved.
  9. I’m pissed off if there was no trouble. I was in the car on the way home by Asda and three police vehicles were trying to get through the traffic. I was therefore forced to pull across to the left and up onto the kerb to let them through. This manoeuvre resulted in me scuffing the alloys on my brand new motor. So if this was all for nothing then I am majorly pissed!!
  10. Well, no. The thread is created to begin the debate. You have advocated closing the debate altogether by suggesting that the subject matter is not to your liking.
  11. Any pics are those that the victims have shared with their friends and I’m sure have been shared amongst group chats of those that know them. I know 2 of the guys well. The pictures are not public images, they are privately shared. No one is censoring them from you. If you want the details, there are severe cuts / lacerations to faces, necks, cheeks, heads and in one shot you can virtually see someone’s brain the head cut is so deep. Your life won’t be enhanced by seeing it, trust me.
  12. Whenever the stewards ask me to open my coat I just refuse and say “why now - you never ask me when it’s warm”.
  13. Arsenal are a hugely interesting club at the moment. They ought to be perennial challengers, certainly for the top 4, but a huge rebuild is happening post-Wenger. It’s very similar to the departure of Ferguson from Man U, in so far as you had a declining team, needing big improvements in key areas, and with a new manager arriving who isn’t 100% in control of who comes and goes. A tricky one for Emery coming in, in much the way Moyes had difficulty in following Fergie. Arsenal ought to stick with it though. Otherwise they’ll just sink further into ‘rebuild’ mode if they change manager 3 times in 3 years - as Man U did. And now look where they are - miles off of being a top 2 team and a significant way off being top 4. Emery should certainly be given time, and ought to be judged when he’s been given the proper players to rebuild the squad with. Since he’s been there he’s lost a mainstay keeper in Cech, mainstay centre backs in Mertersacker & Koscielny, his Brit-Born midfielders of Ramsey & Wilshere, creative players such as Cazorla & Iwobi, as well as a left back who’s served them well in Monreal. Whatever you think of many of those players, they were to varying degrees crucial elements in Arsenal regularly achieving top 4 status. What’s replaced them to date is poor in comparison. So Emery’s recruitment can certainly be questioned, but only as much as you think Emery is actually responsible for who comes and goes? As far as I know, their Director of Football handles the transfers and I’m not overly sure how much of a say Emery gets? But...., the recruitment has only been poor due to the lack of a figurehead / experienced type player. They’ve actually recruited pretty well if you think of future potential - the incomings of Torreira, Guendouzi, Pepe, Tierney & Saliba certainly ought to be good pick-ups in the long run. But the incomings of Lichsteiner & Sokratis last summer, and Luiz this summer, supposedly as the elder statesmen for the team has certainly not worked out for them. As was mentioned earlier in the thread, their strike force is definitely worthy of top 4, but the rest of the team is not even top 10. Aubameyang & Lacazette is a tremendous frontline. But behind them, the midfield is crying out for Xhaka to act like the grown up and control the game, but he’s nowhere near the quality required for a team harbouring top 4 hopes. He’s supposed to be the experienced man in the middle, allowing the youngsters around him of Guendouzi & Torreira to learn and grow, but he’s just awful. You have the loss of Koscielny which is a big impact, meaning a below-par Sokratis needing to play alongside the late recruitment of the error-ridden Luiz. I mean, look at Watford’s goal - Sokratis gets the ball back from Guendouzi and had all the time in the world to find a pass to the right back. He makes a dreadful error - can such poor decision making be levelled at the Emery? Should they not be attempting to play out in such a way and Emery gets the blame for such tactics? Not for me. Playing that way should be fine for these players. It’s a poor decision by a player who should easily have the ability to find a pass. It’s not the tactic that failed there, it was the execution by a player who should be able to make that play. Perhaps, given Arsenal’s transfer budget, they may have been better off not spending £72m on Pepe, when they were already well-set up top. Perhaps the £25m spent on a new CB in Saliba should’ve seen him come in and play alongside an experienced CB and a quality DM - they could’ve used that £72m to strengthen those 2 areas very easily. I’m sure Arsenal’s fans would’ve been much more forgiving this season had they seen a youngster in Saliba playing alongside a better-recruited CB, had they seen Nketiah given a shot in a front line with Aubameyang & Lacazette, had they seen their midfield solidified with a proper DM and a creative CM. I’m amazed Arsenal didn’t test the resolve of certain teams and seek some of the better English talent out there in Rice, Maddison, Grealish. Could they have taken a look at a Dunk or a Tarkowski to strengthen the back line? I think the £72m on Pepe could very easily have been better spent elsewhere. I alluded to Man Utd earlier. They struggled after Fergie left, trying short term fixes on players that were not good enough for that level. They’ve tried the likes of Fellaini, Depay, Rojo, Darmian, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlein, Mhkitaryan, Matic, Fred, Dalot. Finally, after all those years and all those expensive failings, they’ve finally realised what they need to do - the recruitment of James & Wan-Bissaka has seen them tap into 2 of the brighter home-grown talents that will get fans on board and let them play and grow, with the signing of Maguire providing leadership and composure at CB. Again, I’d have loved to have seen Man U try to get hold of the likes of Rice, Maddison, Grealish etc. I think they’ve finally started on the right route to top 4 recovery. It’s still out of reach at the moment but the plan is obvious as to how to rebuild and how to ensure the fans buy into it and give the patience and time to do so. Arsenal would’ve been better off learning from 5/6 years of Man U mistakes and recruited the way Man U have now realised is the right way. I don’t think it would’ve been beyond the realms of fantasy for Arsenal to have fielded a team of Leno - Tierney - Saliba - Dunk - Maitland - Rice - Grealish - Guendouzi - Aubameyang - Lacazette - Nketiah. They’ve done £100m on Sokratis, Luiz and Pepe in the last year. Putting that on Rice, Grealish & Dunk could’ve been possible and their fans would’ve seen the proper signs of a post-Wenger rebuild and the opportunity to back young English talent. As it stands, they’re making the same mistakes that the post-Ferguson Man U did.
  14. Yep. But judging from some other stuff I’ve heard/read, this isn’t ‘announced’ yet.
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