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Today's the day then.
Do we always have 3 keepers in the WC squads?
i didn't know this.
Poor Paul Robinson.
doesnt sound like somewhere i'd be.
And since the Joe Ledley deal would be cross-border we wouldn't have to pay a penny.
Liam Lawrence and Jimmy Bullard are also targets.
I'd be absolutely delighted if we signed those three.
I reckon it's a bad day today for:
All of which seem fairly predictable, just can't see Fabio springing any huge surprises. Sven was so much more fun.
that Warnock will be picked over Baines, or NEITHER will make it. Expect both of these scenarios to be wildly untrue.
don't post here too often but could use your help -
Crystal Palace will be liquidated this afternoon at 3pm unless a takeover can be completed. This is currently being blocked by the bank HBOS over future payments on Selhurst Park should the club become succesful in the future. The greed of the bank is close to destroying a club with over 100 years of history.
If you have a spare moment before 3pm today please sign the petition here - http://www.gopetition.co.uk/petitions/save-crystal-palace-football-club.html
I know many of you are not Palace fans but no one should want to see another club end in such circumstances. Your support would be much appreciated.
to see what's happened at Palace. I have family who live in Thornton Heath who are all big Palace fans, and its always a great weekend down there whenever Forest play you.
just to be clear, i'm not blaming them for the mess we are in, but as far as that statement makes out they are stopping the consortium from cleaning things up.
"You are signer #3946"
Having seen my club come close to going to the wall, but pull through, it'd be a big shame to see Palace unable to carry on.
I hope he makes it.
I want him ahead of Walcott in the pecking order.
than Walcott managed in his 45.
I hoped Johnson would get a run out mind. Why is it when other national sides play, they look organised and like they've had a game plan for 6 months leading up to a major tournament and yet England are, for the 3rd major tournament in a row, trying to still see if Gerrard and Lampard can play together in the middle?
will prove his fitness and the whole Gerrard / Lampard conundrum won't rear it's ugly head. There's no reason why they couldn't play together in the middle of the park if one or both of them was able to show a bit of tactical discipline. As we all know, that's especially difficult in Gerrard's case.
I've seen him have a number of games for England where he has sat deep for a lot of it showing decent discipline. It just means he is less effective (I realise he has been pretty ineffective all this season) and tries too many 60 yard balls that go out for a goal kick.
not that much more organised than england ey
two of my mates back home have bought season tickets for Blackpool next season. I think it works out about £14 a match. They've never had a Blackpool season ticket before and probably been to 5 Blackpool matches in their entire lives. They're actually united fans.
They'll realise Blackpool are going down with the lowest points total ever and not bother again for the rest of the season.
No way will they go lower than Derby. People said the same thing about Hull and Burnley
I might put a bet on it
people have said the same thing about a couple of teams before.
Almost as much as knowing the exact same thing will happen should Bristol City ever go up.
Best of luck to you next year though!
I hope they burn
before the end of 2009, and Cardiff then went up (now broken, broken dreams), then you got it free. I think they've probably done pretty well out of it...
Theo Walcott can fuck off,unless he scores a hat-trick in group stage,in which case I NEVER DOUBTED U THEO!!
Made by Adidas, natch. Sure sign we're planning on moving up to the big time soon. Sir Steve Coppell's turning up too, I'm quite tempted to go down and fanboy a bit.
Quite a few clubs sniffing around for Nicky Maynard, obviously. But QPR have apparently
QPR have apparently put in a cheeky bid for Bradley Orr, the world's most consistently inconsistent player. He's City through and through, in that he'll score two, then immediately score an own goal and concede a penalty five minutes later. Sums up the whole team.
Hendon would at least be in Division 3 by now.
In terms of it's a change and that we're not just sticking with the same gear we've had before. Looking forward, blah blah... But I see your point, it's not like adidas is some weird secret society.
Now I've seen it I've got my doubts http://www.bcfc.co.uk/page/Gallery/0,,10327~2057022,00.html Not massively exciting, is it?
just being a bit silly.
Any idea what colour the away strip is going to be? Fingers crossed for purple and green!
Black'd be nice, I much prefer it to the white ones we've had, although it can end up being a little dull.
Not sure about the keeper kit - the stripes on the shirt and the shorts don't match and that bothers me. I like the yellow colour though, maybe make the away kit that colour?
nice place, nowhere near as massive as i thought though.
thought it was pretty massive.
need bums on seats
I went to the test match on Saturday and we decided that if Millwall lost we wouldn't hit the tube until after they had pissed off. They didn't so off we went to St John's Wood. Trains kept turning up absolutely jam packed full of them, the doors would open they would shout some racist abuse at the Bangladeshis and then off they went. Ended up catching a bus to Marble Arch, went to the tube, full train turned up with a punch up spilling onto the platform and one directly in front of us in the carriage. Children being protected by their mothers, trapped on a busy tube whilst they went at each other. Not even sure if it was Millwall on Millwall, Swindon involvement or just any old punters.
We pissed off, circumnavigating ANOTHER fight and eventually managed to find a Millwall less route.
Lovely stuff, especially seeing terrified women and children trapped in front of your eyes... after only getting to see only 28.5 overs of wet and cold cricket.
around Hendon/Wembley on Staurday night and passed a deserted, dessicated looking open-top bus covered in blue ribbons. It looked like a scene from a Mad Max film.
with Swindon supporting girlfriend. There was very little red on Wembley Way before kick off. Good showing all round though - 73,000 for a League One playoff final.
and was treated to trains full of Millwall fans. Most of them were behaving. One guy on the tube, absolutely brutally smashed, said "Nohw-ich, Laids... and MiwWALL... ffree big teams gone ahp... bigBIG teams" and then closed his eyes and dozed off.
I purposely wore navy blue as I was catching the Metropolitan line from LKX. All I can say is they're animals.
A lot of my friends were arriving from Swindon by coach. Even though Millwall won and secured promotion, they took their celebrations to the coachpark and started mooning/swearing/punching their way through the downtrodden Swindon faithful.
One of my friends called 5live about it all and as his report of their conduct was contrary to many glowing reports of good behaviour was promptly disconnected once he had said his piece. I guess no one wants to hear about how badly behaved the Millwall fans are, again?
but they were pretty intimidating. Swindon fans seemed a bit subdued by it all.
My favourite bit though was a pissed Swindon fan on the tube shouting at a Millwall fan on the opposite platform wearing a pink shirt - "Oi, pink shirt, where's your mum? Pink shirt's about to cry! WEST COUNTRY LA LA LA WEST COUNTRY LA LA LA"
It wasn't until the next day that I heard about the punches and that. It must have been a lot worse for the Swindon fans travelling back by coach, you're sitting around waiting for the 9023478 coaches in front of you to depart so you're effectively a sitting target. However, the fan that boarded my mates' coach did so at 10MPH!
I think Swindon fans rightly or wrongly let Millwall fans' reputations to precede them, so collectively kept their heads down.
Not as bad as some of the shockers from the 90s.
Esp. the Orange/grey one.
piercing blue eyes and rugby hat.
whatever happened to the theory that putting flourescent lighting into the shirt would put the strikers off?
Creep up on the striker without 'em realising.
behind wearing a wacky zaney flourescent keeper shirt was "Hey guys, look at my wacky zaney flourescent keeper shirt!"
DUN DUN DUNNN
I still think Adam Johnson will make the squad.
that it would be well deserved also.
Unfortunately I did'nt make her 23 man squad
Unsuspecting holiday makers find themselves on a 14 hour flight to Sydney with Manilow, Chuckle and From Eastenders.
God, I hope this happens.
maybe Capello isn't a complete divvy after all
Pleasantly so 'cos I wouldn't pick him, but still very surprised.
missed a seat on the cup plane,
don't you know that he's out of the squad,
out of the squad tonight.
I'll... I'll... Ugh. CAPELLOOOOOOOO! YOU ARSE!
Bella Emberg should be ahead of Walcott.
but who do we have to play there isntead of him as a sub/ injury cover. in the friendlies lennon and wright phillips were both largely ineffective there...
I think Johnson would have been a good impact player if we really needed to stretch the game at any point. I think Cole could and should start at LM, but Johnson would have been a nice alternative.
by various sports hacks? What happened to Capello phoning the players beforehand and then making the announcement without all this kerfuffle?
Just name 23 players, that's the squad, no-one gets left out and there's none of this nonsensical conjecture and shite. If someone gets injured, replace them.
BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan: "People close to Theo Walcott are in shock. He was so excited about the prospect of going to South Africa."
Translation: His agent has had to cancel the new Ferrari, and is livid.
aw, like a child who was promised a trip to disneyland
this morning from Gio Dos Santos' Dad saying he doesn't know whether Gio will go and play in the World Cup because he's so upset at his brother's omission from the squad.
Also their Dad is Zizinho?!
that's a pretty awesome Dad isn't it?
Gio did alright against England last week.
Maybe it was his agent then.
it's the players themselves who are leaking it after they've been told
It's the players' agents that are doing the leaking (and spinning).
close to the players after they've received the phone call.
Not sure how you can avoid that, if you want to speak to the players first.
usually means it's come from the player himself.
The FA said they'd make an announcement today. It's still today. And it's only natural that these sort of rumours would filter their way to the press.
Less bellyaching everyone who is bellyaching, please.
He doesn't seem to be aware that he's quite a big part of the 'shambles'. 24 hour news should be shut down.
so the rumour goes.
TAKE LEDLEY AND BECKS!
i heard Lampard had been cut
Or have I got it the wrong way round/confused the people involved/rather bizarrely made the whole thing up?
"1346: According to bettingpro.com, Leighton Baines, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker and Michael Dawson will join Theo Walcott, Darren Bent and Adam Johnson as the seven not going to South Africa."
Possibly at the expense of Dawson!
Although I guess getting on and off a plane repeatedly would probably knacker Ledley out
fabio firing people out of a plane to south africa, using the emergency 'EJECT' button
You is going to teh world cups really son!"
was anyone else stupid enough to think that the players were actually getting on and off of a plane as we speak, with capello working a sort of senior air steward role.
'theo, put your crayons down and give your headset back. it's time to leave the plane'
From the Telegraph: "The hold up is apparently due to Fabio Capello struggling to get hold of a certain player. For some reason it conjures up an image of this unnamed player studiously ignoring their phone, hoping that if he ignores the inevitable he will be allowed to go to the World Cup."
I bet it's Theo and all. He's got his mum to lay out his winter clothes and everything.
Barry and SWP tell their mates they're delighted to be on the plane!
But is on the plane. Depending who you believe.
Not really. It's no 'Emmerdale' when that plane crash happened, is it?
The finest day
That I ever had
Was when I learned
To cry on command
gonna be a rich man
Come to daddy, 50p. TAKE THAT, SKYBET (if you could also forget about the £1 Wozniacki is about to lose me, that'd be spiffing)
Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe in the Cricket and I make £4 off of 25p thanks to my bank holiday accumulator.
highlighting the delays that occur when a passenger repeatedly gets on and off a plane.
and then cruelly snatched it away from me, smirking as he pushed me down the inflated emergency chute. I still had my boots on too, meaning he didn't bloody read the safety card in the seat in front of him..."
'that's fun that, fab, isn't it? like the lollies. i love lollies. fab the lollies. fab the manager'
'do you know what films will be on fab? do we have the telly in the back of the seat? that's much better when it's like that fab, isn't it?'
'fab, is there food fab? i don't really like plane food fab but my mum says that i need to eat it all because i won't have a chance to eat anything for a while, and i'll be hungry if i don't. fab, can we open these yet fab? fab? can we open these fab?'
why are the hosts playing in the first match and not the holders?
fair point tho.
So no, I wouldn't think so
Until 1978 or so it was the hosts in the opening game, then from 1982 to 2002 it was the holders, and from 2006 back to the hosts. Presumably it's because holders now have to qualify so there's always the 0.001% chance that they won't.
and subsequently englands first game, to people not that enthused about it who you happen to be sharing a canal boat holiday with, bearing in mind that if you're not strict with your schedule, you could end up miles away from a pub/TV combo when the respective games are starting?
this could well happen. either that or expect sulking to reach unprecedented holiday-ruining levels
Although you could do either.
Also, Palace should now be furiously selling players. Apparently.
Skybet is telling me I should be betting in play. It's currently Baltika Kaliningrad 0 - 0 KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny. I'm not sure which way to go.
it's the only way to go.
put it all on the team you can't pronounce
1 day ago
Si Domenech avait rentrer le chat, sûr que la France aurait marqué un? second but.
reports say Craig Bellamy wants to go to Cardiff. What is it about playing for City that makes top-quality players, and indeed journeyman, want to return home, even if that means taking a pay-cut and 'dropping a level'.
Leighton Baines, Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker, Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott, Darren Bent.
If anyone still cares.
SWP? Really....? I'd rather have Stealthy there.
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, David James, Robert Green.
Defenders: Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Ledley King, John Terry, Matthew Upson, Stephen Warnock
Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Forwards: Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney
having watched them all train for a couple of weeks and knowing exactly how he wants to set up his teams.
However, in true armchair-pundit style, my variations would have been:
Adam Johnson instead of Shaun Wright-Phillips,
Scott Parker instead of Michael Carrick,
and Michael Dawson instead of Matthew Upson.
unbelievable. as someone on the bbc pointed out, johnson starts ahead of him for man city
At least by choosing Parker or Huddlestone, you'd have someone in form not someone who has proved themselves to be shit at the moment.
Travesty that Dawson isn't there. A. Johnson deserved a chance too.
no world class options up front when rooney gets sent off after receiving bad service from michael carrick for 70 minutes (which he was hoping to avoid at the world cup after a season of it with united) and lashing out at a US defenceman.
who would have been a good wildcard on the bench that none of the teams would know about and could cause problems in last twenty minutes. SWP will not do this, all national teams know he is tonk.
squad, no matter who was in it was really likely to win the World Cup.
Hopefully we can keep Warnock from getting his mitts on our best players.