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  1. See Maradona's doctor is under investigation - one Leopoldo Luque. I assume this is not the same Leopoldo Luque who was a member of the '78 World Cup winning squad.
  2. There is some dubious science behind this: apparently yellow is a more eye-catching colour in the winter months, giving players a better vision of it. How it can be more eye-catching than a white ball has always baffled me. Add in the fact that balls these days are plastered with other 'graphics' (they were plain until then) and that argument seems poor. I am old enough to remember balls being brown, then chrome tan, then white - and now it's rainbow. My favourite used to be the Minerva Supreme - as used at the Gate for many years.
  3. Like many old duffers now, I have many memories of going to the Zoo as a nipper. Through young eyes it was a marvellous place to see so many animals that otherwise were only seen in black and white. However, the understanding of creatures, their environments, their behaviours and their needs has increased markedly since; clearly there had to be changes to accommodate this and space is a prime restriction in Clifton. It should not come as a great surprise. I also have memories of some less than pleasant memories of the polar bear pacing up and down constantly (I understand it came from a t
  4. Thanksgiving Day? It's more like Possession Giving Day. Sideline coaches doing their collective fruits tonight. Entertaining though, providing your team isn't throwing it away.
  5. Had the same experience when on holiday as a young 'un. Only place open on a Sunday and it was a box of deep fried spit. I couldn't believe some poor chicken had died for that and I've never had a KFC since.
  6. Seems a little late considering the new stadium has been opened for quite some time now. The thought that there is an alterior motive at work is strong - after all, if you've been there recently you will have stood in the shadows of all the large blocks growing over Wembley. Soon the stadium will be hidden almost entirely and lose the special feel that it used to have when visiting the National Stadium. Perhaps they will have to have a human barrier of stewards that stop the 'traffic' at the stadium steps too?
  7. So, after a mere 33 years of being played to death every Christmas, it's now unacceptible. Still, it took over a century to bring down old Colston so maybe that's progress.
  8. I think this highlights the uncertainty of this subject (or indeed many other medical problems) when specific examples are made out of the population. Clearly it is not a black and white distinction. Surely it must be considered just how an individual person reacts to the damage (the natural tendancy, their 'strength' if you will) and the actual damage that they receive (which will vary from person to person, of course). That alone is a complex matrix. What sort of heading does a player become exposed to? There are the big centre forwards/halves who go up for the big downfield clearance
  9. Used to go there a lot when it was first opened back in the 80s. Magg used to make some fabulous pizzas, and I've never tasted a better garlic. Hope this thing serves up something as good.
  10. Shocking news that the two teams have taken the decision to apply the boot at this time. If they were men's teams it might be seen in a more predictable light, but the WSL is not that kind of environment - up to now, that is! Beard has a history of success with Liverpool not so long ago, so his departure is a bit more of a surprise. Clearly the pressure for achievment is growing more. Could these moves give City women a bit of encouragement? There are precious few points among the bottom clubs at the moment so the turmoil might be an advantage. And I'll be the first to say 'Job for C
  11. Some good news! At least there is a vein of hope, if only in Conti Cup at the moment. Perhaps it shows that the team are well above lower league level.
  12. Marina's RR, I empathise with you. My mother never played any football or engaged in dangerous activities. She was always astonished why twenty-two grown men would run around a field chasing a leathery old bag of wind. She has Alzheimer's and is now in a care home (where I can't see her at the present). It does seem unfair at the very least. It's always going to be difficult to define health problems against a large population with so many variables and factors that need to be taken into consideration. We've all heard of someone's grandad who smoked sixty a day, drank half a bottle o
  13. First point after six league games. Spurs are also without a win but are just above City with three from seven. Great show of determination, but it's looking to be a tough season. Hopefully the Covid situation will not be a big factor from now on.
  14. Tonight's game sums up City's performances a fair bit. There are too many players whose contributions come to less than ninety minutes or are patchy throughout. There is a good base to work from but the ability to control games with any real measure is lacking. We happen to strike very early and somehow managed to sit on it for the remainder, proving little threat otherwise. We also happened to play against a Cardiff side that would be flattered to be called bang average. Some of their attacks were wasted badly; another side would probably have put a few past us. Still, it's a win and one
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