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Chambers: Top Six the Target But Championship Getting Tougher
by flyingdutchman at 12:56:03

P.M.S.FL
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McCarthy Admits Transfer Frustrations
by Woodbridgian at 12:50:30

itfccam: re your point on ongoing losses I think you will find the club made a £5.2m profit in 2014-15 not as you suggest a £6m loss.
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Season Ticket arrived this morning...
by nbsiyag at 12:47 25 Jul 2016

...along with a shiny CD saying "unauthorised copying prohibited" etc. etc.

Is it worth the bother of plugging it in??? Or is it just useful for somewhere to put your coffee mug on???
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Chambers: Last Season No Disaster
by MicksZzzTactics at 12:43:38

Nahhh PJisaGoat the word properly best suited for describing this season, around same time next year, is ... drum-roll please ... CALAMITY!!!, disaster's closely related "sidekick"!

I'm not a lingo expert lol, but as nouns I believe the difference between calamity and disaster is that calamity is a state of deep distress & misery caused by way of a major event resulting in great loss ......... While disaster is an unexpected natural or man-made catastrophe of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life or sometimes permanent change to the natural environment. :-)
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Pakistan 2 down already..
by gainsboroughblue at 12:42 25 Jul 2016

may not reach a fifth day after all the Cook bashing in the media.
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Chambers: Last Season No Disaster
by jas0999 at 12:33:13

Deluded. Terrible football. No investment. No quality. No entertainment. Only two wins in final games against teams not interested papered over the cracks.
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Business bank account
by Bent_double at 12:32 25 Jul 2016

Anyone recommend a good business bank account?

I've just received a letter from our current bank (NatWest) informing me that charges will go up from an average £5 per month to over £21 per month....unbelievable!

We've been with them for almost 10 years, current account and mortgage, never been in arrears, always a healthy balance, overpaid the mortage, so I guess they aren't making enough money from us!!! A couple of pounds increase would be fine, but £16 - not a chance.

Also, is the process of moving banks as simple as personal accounts, ie do they do everything for you?
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McCarthy Admits Transfer Frustrations
by jas0999 at 12:28:48

Mick has a record of defending Evans and will continue to do so in public. Local media have regularly been told to not print anything negative. I appreciate one or two fans are still buying this spin and although I expect MM to tow the corporate line, it's worth remembering back in May that Mick stated he had drawn up different lists for possible purchases. Therefore, surely it's a case that Evans hasn't done the deals. Webster was on division two wages so relatively easy to attract. But in previous seasons we have failed to be competitive with wages and even this year has proven that others have a larger wage structure than us. feeney, whether you rate him or not, was offered significantly better terms by a Blackburn club who aren't very much different to ourselves. Feeney was a player Mick wanted. Evans didn't do the deal. We are paying league one wages. It's as simple as that. People who think Evans has nothing to do with this are quite clearly deluded. Coke, Toure the polish fella. Cheap wages for average players, because we didn't compete financially for the better players last season. Same again this. Yet the frustration is Evans will happily ask the fans to pay more, when he is spending less and we have a weaker product I.e. The team. I blame Evans 100%.
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Now I normally leave this to Textbackup and the like but - football songs
by Lord_Lucan at 12:28 25 Jul 2016

Whilst driving to enemy territory RKD and myself came up with a simple (well it had to be) song.

To the tune of Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode

Our own personal Polak
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who's there
"BIALKOWSKI"

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Chambers: Last Season No Disaster
by PJewellisaGod at 12:18:18

Is this season going to be a disaster then?
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McCarthy Admits Transfer Frustrations
by BlueGoonie at 12:17:16

Since when has "helluva" been an actual word?

Does everyone have to type written speech like a teenager these days?
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McCarthy Admits Transfer Frustrations
by Woodbridgian at 12:12:26

Lots of comments on here about the debts of the club, Most of the debt is internal debt owed to ME Group the fact that internal debt was used to purchase the club and not equity was purely an internal decision within ME group. Both as it will be tax efficient and also retains the equity within the holding companies balance sheet which in fairness is also good practice. But the "internal loan" while recallable should also be looked at as sudo-equty and not used to hide a lack of investment behind FFP rules which it is at the moment
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McCarthy Admits Transfer Frustrations
by Kesgraveblue57 at 12:09:39

Who in their right mind would want to play for McCarthy
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McCarthy Admits Transfer Frustrations
by Bluroo at 12:04:24

I think Evans is going to wake up too late to turn the tide...

Evens changed his investment philosophy after successive expensive failures by previous managers. He was no longer prepared to spend his way out of this league. Fair enough.

BUT... due to that lack of investment and an aging, thinning, demotivated squad over a number of subsequent seasons, investment is no longer required to get out of this league, it's essential to stay in it.

Perhaps Evans thinks that MM's experience and pragmatism will be enough to maintain our stability for eternity. I don't. I think once the decline of performances takes hold within a squad lacking investment - which I beleive started to happen last season - it becomes very difficult to turn the tide without wholesale changes to a club. As we're never going to get promoted under the current regime, I'm not sure the doomsday scenario is so bad. Perhaps Phoenix will rise from the ashes...
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Secret/Warm up gigs you have seen
by urbanblue at 12:02 25 Jul 2016

Gutted as,last week, I missed out on 'The Avalanches' who were playing a 'Secret' gig down the road at a pub in Byron Bay here in Oz. By the time I found out tix were gone.

I remember when I lived back in the UK that Colchester Arts Centre used to host odd secret and tour warm up shows by bands that were much bigger then the venue. I remember seeing Placebo there in the 90's.

A mate in Melbourne was lucky enough to see Prince in a venue that only held 100 people. I think he played under a different name.

So, has anyone seen an act in a venue much smaller then they would normally play or where they have played under a different name?

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If you thought we were in trouble before ...
by Ryorry at 12:02 25 Jul 2016

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Chambers: Last Season No Disaster
by Bluetone at 11:50:44

Quote "Luke Chambers said last season’s seventh place finish was by no means the “bit of a disaster” it has been made out to be"
Strewth we finished seventh and got knocked out of cups by teams from lower divisions who played us off the park; played rubbish football most of the time.and according to you that's not a “bit of a disaster”?
The mind boggles.
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Chambers: Last Season No Disaster
by OldClactonBlue at 11:44:52

Dreadful to watch. Not even in the Play Off lottery. Yes a disaster.
Obviously not a disaster though for an average player who would be surplus to requirements if we did ever get up. He's clearly happy to keep taking his salary whatever.
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Another moan I'm going to have
by KuqiCoup at 11:42 25 Jul 2016

Formation. Shape. Personnel.

Anybody got any idea what formation and players we are going to use come Barnsley?

All this mixing the teams up at Shelbourne, Barnet, Cambridge and Colchester.

We now have Charlton and Union St Won Nothing But Used To Be Famous In 1912 to work on shape, tactics and get a settled side. Not going to happen is it.

So come Barnsley we are likely going to have a team that won't have played together at all pre-season.

I'm guessing

Bart
Chambers Berra Smith Knudsen
Bishop Douglas Skuse Sears
Murphy Pitman

In pre-season I have seen us hoof it and try and pass it. I have seen us play 433, 451 and 442 at various times.

If we are just playing the same old hoof it and hope with the same players then maybe we will get away from it. But by now I'd have expected to see something close to the XI for 60 minutes with some subs here and there, or at least working on a consistent shape or shapes rather than mixing and matching whatever we have on the pitch at the time.

Something I'm certainly concerned by and even more strange given we haven't exactly had to bed in 7 new signings.
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Cricket: What are England going to declare at?
by Steve_M at 11:39 25 Jul 2016

64 runs added since 11 then,, currently 554 ahead.

Another 50 or so I guess then get bowling before lunch.
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