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Just when you thought a dull game couldn't get any duller...
really good to watch some of the lesser flair based teams like Benfica. these teams are too pretty to win big games in the champions league so its good to see them up against slightly worse opposition so they can showcase their attacking.
nb. benficas centre back scored a fucking brilliant goal last night. fantastic technique.
That should probably be the final. I love Villareal.
Also <3 Braga's stadium. Arsenal players didn't know what to make of it when they went there.
I really like the Europa League
the first round is pretty crap. mind you, so is the group stage of the champions league.
this is a poll as to whether i make a football thread or not
How on earth did City contrive to lose against them? Gosh.
If we can't get into the Champion's League then I'd rather we spent the week chilling rather than going to a pointless away tie in Macedonia.
The two games against Braga made me want to give up watching football altogether.
made me feel good i'd be running at double the pace of any player (except kuyt) for a whole 90 minutes.
that destroyed you 3-0 and showed you up as the worst title favourites since the Premiership started?
And Suarez, our best player in that match, wasn't playing in either of the Braga games. And Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen were.
you were really shit in the europa league...
Debry fan - I do speak about liverpool an awful lot though
It's the same Liverpool that we knocked out of the FA Cup and 'destroyed' at home.
it's gonna be sik
going to Wembley on sunday though, so psyched
shit's gonna go down.
Love Hulk. Pretty much guaranteed 30 goals-a-season on FM09.
was arguing on TALKSPORT that none of the City side would currently get in the United side. Now there's an interesting debate...
Thinking about it, i'd say the full backs might be interchangeable? And gazbaz, obvs.
going on regular first team players. right back is the weakest position.
...and considering how rooney/hernandez seems to be clicking like a beaut.
Poor darren fletcher.
And now that I've given it a few seconds consideration, I've decided it's not interesting and has the potential to be incredibly tedious.
you miserable bastard.
We've got a 1pm kick off at home to Horsham due to some local derby happening down the road later on. Cut price admission - only £5.
Sutton up, Croydon down on same weekend?
Hoping we got enough to consolidate next season, then push on from there....another Sutton - Barnet (a classic in the days of my upbringing!) clash may not be so far away!
Being totally selfish I have my fingers crossed for a couple of Sutton losses and Bury Town wins in the next two fixtures, just so we can win the league against Carshalton in a couple of weeks. Bit risky but would be sweet. Not gonna happen though, like you say, the title should be Sutton's by the end of the weekend. Lets hope we can cut it against the big boys in the Conference South next year. I still remember the glory days of the Conference National back when I was a teenager, seems a distant memory though!
I say "we" I haven't actually been to a game this season. Might go tomorrow though, should be a veritable carnival atmosphere!
to clinch it against Carshalton was on! Hmmm, dangerously tempting now eh?
Aye, the royal "we" also applies here..
Plus I need Tonbridge to finish top 3 if possible, so Bury losing could help.
(that sounds ridiculous!)
Winning it at home on Easter Monday against the Robins, infront of a bumper crowd, with Paul Dipre and Ian Hazel (one of the main reasons we're in this league!) in charge would be unbelievable.
I'm really annoyed that the Cray v Bury game is on Sunday so, assuming we beat Hastings, we'll win the league if Bury fail to win. Cray play at Bromley, so i'll make an attempt to get there (i'm sure with lots of other Sutton fans). Winning it next weekend at Folkestone would do - It wouldn't feel right winning it without playing on the same day and celebrating together.
Another thing that'd be nice is to keep our unbeaten home record for the season. I'd be gutted is the Robins bugger that up for us!
COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!
Thought I'd drop in and say hello.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/apr/15/paul-scholes-manchester-united-manchester-city Paul Scholes hints at retirement, ruffles some feathers along the way by saying, 'Our main rivals are obviously Arsenal and Chelsea. I think City are just a rival because of where they are [geographically], and Liverpool the same. ' Great player, no doubt, but his continuous poor challenging, and more so, every commentators chuckle over a potential leg breaker as a 'Paul Scholes challenge', makes me want the ginger cunt to hurry up and hang them up.
Arsenal/Nike continue to ignore their fans by releasing THIS monstrosity as our away kit next season:
But in a nice touch, both the recently departed Danny Fizsman and Ken Friar get the north and south bridges outside The Emirates named after them.
We've got Liverpool on Sunday - massive game. They are starting to look good (I feel ill writing that), but thankfully it looks like we have Djorou and Sczeszny back for the game. Thank the Lord. Although Carroll and Suarez are looking like a very decent partnership, I still think it's a game we should be winning mildly comfortably. I'll take 3-1. Still no chance of nicking the title mind.
One last thing - probably gets said a lot here but two northern teams having Semi Final derbies at Wembley is ridiculous. But I suppose fans who are going won't mind as it's a decent day out. I miss the days of Villa Park semi finals (except 1999 of course).
Now he's looking elsewhere they've finally stopped dressing Pepe up as a banana in the vague hope he won't leave.
But lots of blogs are going with it. The badge alone is bad enough (look how big it is!!) but the whole thing is dreadful.
Seems pretty poor planning that United, City and Liverpool will all be playing in North London on Sunday afternoon. Granted the United fans are already down here, but can't imagine the transport police are particularly chuffed.
although I still miss the days of the old cannon and the afc cannonballs.
It just looks like the kit of a sub-standard second tier european side though. And I've never nderstood where the inclination to change our away kit to blue came from? It only happened when nike came on board and we been changing colours ever since...who the fuck sanctions these decisions / kits??
Trying to tie it in with history in another marketing spin (hello redcurrant shirt). At least the home shirt is kept as plain as possible.
Also - we always have much better seasons when we have a yellow away kit! *insert joke about last 6 years here*
and thats a fact.
We haven't released any details on our new away one, but they're always hideous. Last good one was about 15 years ago.
..."Our guest uniform next season will look like jockey’s clothes"
he's the gooseberry
Hello! We were on the same flight but I didn’t take your autograph…. My brother, who is a big football fan, was about to kill me for that ...)))?
AA: Next time, if he keeps you alive, we’ll try to correct this situation, if, by any chance, we happen to be on the same flight again.
Andrey, please tell some story (incident) from your childhood, just in a couple of words, if you can Thank you :) N.?
AA: I was born.
Hi, Andrey, tell me what leggings are for??????
AA: Sports leggings? Some people like briefs, some put on leggings. They are more suitable if you don’t want some very important for a man body parts to get chafed during the game.
the liverpool game worries me. they looked very good against city (who admittedly didnt show up for the first half). if djourou and sczesney make it back ill feel better about it, but we just looked so short on confidence against blackpool. if pool press us like they did city then we'll need to perform a hell of a lot better than we have lately. carroll against our backline could have a field day, though hopefully sczesney can organise that backline a little better than almunia/lehmann have. 3-1 would be a dream, i'd take any 3 points but dunno if we'll even get that.
...roll on wednesday's NLD.
Such a sad day
I was listening to 'The Exploding Boy' by The Cure when my dad came into my room and told me about what had happened - I'll never forget that
Such a sad, sad day
Come on guys. The old ones are the best. I think there's one further up the thread but we can surely do better than that.
United coaches parked in front of me. That's not necessarily a joke, but I laughed anyway.
'Bermuda Blues'. That sounds like some terrible 80's soap.
We have supporters clubs elsewhere. Who doesn't? Not really the same thing as having a disproportionately large number of your regular home support hail from areas that have no real link to the club though, is it?
Not that I was sticking the knife in, anyway. Don't get why United supporters are so precious about it.
I'm not precious about it. I just don't get why supporters of other clubs find it so hilarious. The same thing would happen to any club that had repeated success over a few decades. It's easier to be a glory hunter if you're rich and travel money etc. is not an issue.
Walking home from the gym yesterday, I spotted two kids in United and Liverpool kits walk on to the estate they live, two minutes from QPR's ground and no more than 40 minutes from either Chelsea or Brentford. That shouldn't be. I also remember going to visit a friend in Derby a year or so back and seeing loads of the locals wearing Chelsea and Arsenal kits and thinking 'FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU'.
I found the coach thing the other funny because you just couldn't have made it up, really.
That's the premiership I suppose. Kids just want to be like the superstars. The Sports Direct near where I live in Wood Green (London LOLOLOL) has barely any Spurs merchandise, despite being about a mile from White Hart Lane. Plenty of Utd, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real though.
I go there (to swim). Whats the gym like? I've always wondered... (but never bothered to ask or look)
Not that I can say anything about Arsenal, even though the atmosphere has got markedly better with each passing season, there are plenty of bell-ends there who are only there as it's seen as a fashionable thing to do.
The only thing is they get the same train home to Surrey that United fans do, but obviously the journey is a lot less.
but the sentiment is there
that you have no shortage of out-of-towners yourselves. I don't really give a shit about bandwagon-jumpers since I'm not one of them, I just find hearing/reading about them a bit tiresome.
and not people who are actually at the games, right?
I'm not interested in slating United for it, but the only club who rivals them for 'out-of-town' support in this country is Liverpool. Nowhere else even comes close.
I'm looking forward to getting tomorrow's game out of the way so we don't have to put up with any more funnies about Utd being 'at home' in London - at least until we next play there in a fortnight's time
Hurrah! I can still justify any other expense in my life by comparing it what I would have spent going to football.
I imagine the box office will be cunts about it though. I'll almost definitely not be going away as often next season because of the increase. Bit irksome to see so many places reporting that a Chelsea ticket is now £87 now though, because it's clearly not true.
is that City are going to have to raise season ticket prices significantly to fall into line. So instead of a billionaire with more money than god, it's actually the normal workaday fan who has to foot the bill. Thanks FIFA cunts
Ours were pretty cheap (relative, innit) before Platini started being so fucking irksome. Bastard.
then it wouldn't be a problem. Given how heavily you've backed the investment into the club, I'm not sure you've really got a right to complain - just a consequence of that.
i'm not going to get into a FFP debate because it's tedious as hell and i've said it all before, but the recent spending has been an attempt to raise our revenue streams in both a commercial sense and in footballing terms to a level where we're able to compete with the likes of Man United, who've had decades to do the same without these rules being in place.
Man United arserape their fans when it comes to ticket prices, as do every other massive commercial venture football club. I can't speak for Chelsea (tho Mr Kelly does above), but City have kept their tickets very affordable. They no longer have that luxury. I don't think this is something that should be celebrated, even if you think it's our "just desserts" as fans of said clubs, which is a fairly unpleasant notion
Who the hell let City fans near the moral high ground?! That's ours!
As I've said below, it's a failing of FFP that it doesn't properly address financial doping, just forces clubs to find a way of balancing it, by taxing the fans.
But to argue that teams like City should be free to carry on chucking insane amounts of somebody else's cash around because other clubs have successfully built a business to support their team is nuts.
That's something that's been tacked on. It was originally intended as a means of ensuring the long-term survival of football clubs- it's not looking all that likely to have that effect as things currently stand.
Basically UEFA should have the balls to tackle the 2 issues with seperate, specific legislation rather than the bundling it all in together and just forcing the clubs to generate more from the fans.
In fact I could swear I did another paragraph saying that. Stupid DiS/flu medication...
That's all. Not celebrating the fact, simply saying that I don't really have any sympathy for the situation. Perhaps this is an unforseen consequence of City's spending, but it's a direct one nonetheless.
Seems to me he wants things just one way- for the owners who can comfortably afford to foot numerous bills to do so.
if you want the good stuff that comes with the investment, you've got to accept that there'll be knock on effects and that you may not like them all.
An increase in ticket prices is not an inevitable consequence, forseen or otherwise, of a billionaire owner investing loads of money into a club with the aim of winning things. It's the direct consequence of regulations designed to stop billionaire owners investing loads of money into a club with the aim of winning things.
Chances are it will succeed in discouraging clubs from 'doing a Leeds'(though what about sides who spend beyond their means just to get into/stay in the Prem?).
But as far as stopping 'financial doping' from the likes of Chelsea or City, all it does is force the burden onto the fans.
Presuming (probably incorrectly) that UEFA have spotted and closed any loopholes and that they actually intend on enforcing FFP properly, it will just lead to clubs having to charge regular fans more or turn over more seating to corporate members etc
time for darren gibson to step up.
Norwich v Forest
We simply have to win to keep our faint hopes of automatic promotion alive, and basically get at least a point to keep us in contention for the play-offs.
Oh, and Robbie "Invisible Man" Findlay is in the squad. Great.
i'd probably just stick him right back
that way evra doesn't need to be picked
When he's playing well he's one of the best full backs in club football, but lately he seems like he just can't be arsed. Wouldn't be at all surprised if we got rid/he flounced off somewhere else after a row with Fergie after this season. Hopefully he can turn it around though.
That is a formation.
This is good news. Alongside Vela, he's probably our brightest youth prospect.
Arsenal - 29 points
Man Utd - 23 points
Chelsea - 23 points
Spurs - 23 points
Man City - 22 points
The away records in the Premiership this year are awful.
we'll be alright tomorrow though, Wembley's like a second home to us
don't know many people on it but i expect there'll be a few rum boys. I expect a piss up
Go go super Drew the Surmanator.
I see he hasn't lost his touch.
We would've had a midfield of:
ADAM LALLANA MAKES MESSI LOOK SHITE!!
Norwich deserved it overall, but good chances for both sides. Now Cardiff fuck up please.
He may be a pretty shite left back, but he's a mile ahead of Stephen Ward.
That said, Mad Mick will probably just stick Sylvan at left back or something and play with 3 wingers again :-/
Only just, but I do.
More of a problem is that Ward is also our third choice striker, which leaves us with Fletcher and a (probably unfit) Ebanks-Blake as options up front for the last six games. Vokes will have to be recalled, we just haven't got any other options.
and it's looking like we'll be moving to Odsal because we can't afford to keep paying the lease on our ground.
fucking hell i hate Odsal it reeks and only has 2 stands.
and we could still get relegated