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Non league football - Framlingham v Ipswich Valley Rangers
at 11:23 18 Nov 2015

For those of you interested I thought I would share my football experience from last weekend. I went to watch a SIL game last weekend between Fram and IVR. My lad was playing.

It was really enjoyable afternoon. Chucking it down with rain. Fram have a really good set up. Nice pitch, stand with seating, coffee bar with bacon rolls. Even had a programme for the game. And a decent bar for a post match pint and free to get in.

I was possibly the only IVR supporter in a crown of around 100. I was suprised at the atmosphere, very lively. The Fram supporters giving the ref and IVR players a hard time (all in good fun). I even got a hard time for shouting 'ref' when an IVR player was fouled.

Half time was 0-0, which for IVR was something of a result. Second half the floodlights come on. Yellow and red cards, end to end stuff. It was like being at a football league game.

IVR eventually went down 3-0 but a really spirited performance. Lost a whole team week before start of season and are having to rebuild, so that was actually a decent scoreline. Was 0-0 until about 75 mins.

I enjoyed that as much as I have a town game this season, perhaps a little bit more to be honest. Until this year I have never watched a SIL game but i have to say I really enjoy the experience. Friendly banter between opposition supporters and always a warm welcome. I suppose it helps having my son play so you do want one of the teams to win.

Well worth a visit to a game if town are away.

[Post edited 18 Nov 11:25]
Worth a read - Jack Collinson article
at 16:08 9 Nov 2015

Apologies if already shared. Really good article on Jack Collinson. Well worth a read.
England starting XI in France
at 21:44 12 Oct 2015

Clyne Cahill Smalling Shaw
Sterling Barkley Henderson Wiltshire
Rooney Kane

It's actually quite hard to pick. Sure I have missed someone decent out.
Well done Wayne
at 21:52 8 Sep 2015

If it was that easy many more would have done it. England legend.
Been jolly enlightening on here today
at 14:25 4 Sep 2015

I have learned quite a bit. Thanks Bluetaff and Guthrum amongst others. TWTD that'll learn me.
Ashley Cole going to Derby
at 13:47 26 Aug 2015

That should help you all take your mind off things.
Today reminds me of the Steveange message board...
at 12:59 26 Aug 2015

Once they knew they had drawn us in the cup at Portman Road.
What about those who support Ipswich and Man U?
at 12:37 26 Aug 2015

That's a tough one.
Did the cool edgy kids not get excited when we played Arsenal in the Milk Cup?
at 11:42 26 Aug 2015

The home game was one of the best ITFC nights in 20 odd years. It's not all about Reading away.

Let's all hold hands and be friends. Go to Manchester and have fun, go to Reading and enjoy, watch the game on TV with a few sherbets down the pub.

It's only a game son.... As the words to Big break told us.
How did the young Irish lad play last night?
at 09:26 26 Aug 2015

Sounded like Toure had a stormer. Might solve the need for an additional winger. What was Adam McD like?
Toure shirt incident about to be shown on Sky Sports news
at 08:32 26 Aug 2015

What a guy :)
If that Polish lad is £1500 worse than Mings....
at 11:17 24 Aug 2015

Then I say NO THANKS.

Song for Ryan Fraser
at 09:32 24 Aug 2015

He's top of the league
He's top of the league
Ryan Fraser
He's top of the league

Sing it while we can
Cricket quiz question
at 15:19 21 Aug 2015

Who is England's 2nd highest run scorer in this Ashes series behind Joe Root?
Really long but interesting - prem players who have yet to make bench.
at 11:27 21 Aug 2015

Fill your boots Mick. I'll take JW from Palace and DeAndre Yedlin from Spurs.

Mathieu Flamini - No Premier League starts in 2015 and apparently told he is free to leave the club this summer. Some reports suggest he wants a pay-off to compensate for a loss of wages if he returns to France.

Joel Campbell - Reportedly bound for Palermo for £7m.

Philippe Senderos - Never played a minute of competitive action under Tim Sherwood.

Joe Bennett - Another Championship loan surely beckons.

Aleksandar Tonev - Bulgarian winger not even given a squad number.

Charles N'Zogbia - "He can be anything he wants to be - I really mean that," said Tim Sherwood in March. Presumably he can now be anything he wants to be as long as it's not at Villa.

Lee Camp - Literally had no idea he was at Bournemouth. Us, not him presumably.

Ryan Allsop - Very much fourth-choice goalkeeper.

Elliott Ward - Former West Ham centre-half played only twice in the Championship last season.

Junior Stanislas - See Lee Camp.

Nathaniel Chalobah - Just needs to move to Reading and be done with it.

Marko Marin - Surely set for the fourth loan of his Chelsea spell (the other three went badly). Astonishingly, he has 16 German caps.

Lucas Piazon - Brazilian youngster who struggled on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt last season.

Bertrand Traoe - Scored 17 goals for Vitesse last season but bizarrely played left-back in pre-season.

Brede Hangeland - Signed a new one-year deal in June. Might wish now he hadn't bothered.

Paddy McCarthy - Played once in Premier League in last two seasons. Championship loan beckons.

Zeki Fryers - Former Manchester United, Standard Liege and Spurs left-back who played once in the PL last season. In fact, he is 22 and has played 30 league games in his whole career.

Joe Ledley - Emphatically not as good as Yohan Cabaye.

Barry Bannan - See above. Told in July he can leave the club; still there in August.

Adlène Guédioura - Helped Watford into the Premier League; there's no indication that they want him in the Premier League.

Jonathan Williams - Surely a fourth Ipswich loan beckons.

There are no uninjured first-team squad members who have not yet been on the bench.

Liam Moore - Appeared in an F365 England ladder early last season; by March he had been dropped while on loan at Brentford.

Marcin Wasilewski - Probably fifth-choice centre-half.

Danny Simpson - Recently convicted of assaulting an ex-girlfriend; first-choice right-back Ritchie de Laet has not.

Tom Lawrence - Cost over £1m from Manchester United and played 51 minutes in the PL last season.

Mamadou Sakho - £18m centre-half now below Kolo Toure in the pecking order.

Tiago Ilori - We await the £7m man's loan to Las Palmas or Granada.

Jose Enrique - "The club have alienated Balotelli, Borini and me," said the Spanish left-back last week.

Lucas Leiva - He might want to have a word with Jose Enrique about adding him to that list. After eight seasons, Lucas seems set to slope off to Besiktas while Liverpool fans wonder who will protect their defence.

João Carlos Teixeira - Scored a 40-yarder in pre-season; surely he will return to Brighton on loan.

Lazar Markovic - Brendan Rodgers says he will "certainly be needed". Right now the £20m man is way behind the raw Jordan Ibe in Rodgers' thoughts.

Mario Balotelli - An unwanted £16m striker very much available for transfer.

Fabio Borini - An unwanted £11m striker very much available for transfer.

Richard Wright - Third-choice keeper at the title favourites and happy enough with his lot.

Bruno Zuculini - Featured in pre-season but has once again disappeared when the real fun begins.

Rony Lopes - Portuguese U-21 midfielder set to appear on loan for a Premier League side near you soon.

José Ángel Pozo - Three PL appearances last season but has been leapfrogged by the exciting Kelechi Iheanacho.

David de Gea - #headsgone

Victor Valdes - Simply does not understand Louis van Gaal's 'philosophy'.

Anders Lindegaard - Wants out (to West Ham?) and completes an unlikely trio of goalkeepers in the stands.

Jonny Evans - After 131 PL games and three league titles for United, he is free to leave. Surely he can do better than West Brom?

Tyler Blackett - Played ten PL games last season. Thankfully for United fans, he's unlikely to do so again.

Jesse Lingard - Started the opening game of last season at right wing-back. That sounds as mental now as it did then.

James Wilson - If you're a Man United striker not on the bench now...

Jamaal Lascelles - Fourth-choice Nottingham Forest centre-half last season is fifth-choice Newcastle centre-half this season.

Gaël Bigirimana - £1m midfielder who last played a football match in August 2013. Rusty.

Mehdi Abeid - Looked more than decent last season but now on verge of Panathinaikos move.

Haris Vuckic - From the horse's mouth: "It's true, I'm going. I spoke with the coach who did not see me in his plans, so we all together decided that (was) the best way for me."

Yoan Gouffran - Signed for just £500,000 and now very much available, along with Mike Williamson (who managed to sneak onto the bench once).

Jake Kean - Recently signed as third-choice goalkeeper.

Michael Turner - Astonishingly still a PL defender though apparently targeted by League One Sheffield United.

Tony Andreu - Scored a 23-minute hat-trick in a 10-0 win over Hitchin in pre-season. It somehow failed to convince Alex Neil he could thrive in the Premier League.

Elliott Bennett - Winger on the fringes; a Championship loan surely beckons.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Cost £8.5m and scored one PL goal. Last season he managed a massive five on loan for Saint-Étienne. On Monday he scored for Norwich's Under-21s so we might yet see him in the PL again. The same cannot surely be said for the injured Kyle Lafferty.

Kelvin Davis - At 38 he will be glad of the rest.

Lloyd Isgrove - Played eight minutes in the opening game of last season. Unlikely to happen again any time soon with Jay Rodríguez, Sadio Mané and Dusan Tadic at the club.

Emmanuel Mayuka - No shirt number for the £3m flop who has failed to score in 16 PL games. The boss says "for Mayuka there is no future in the club". Is there a future at any club?

Jakob Haugaard - Recently signed as third-choice goalkeeper.

Dionatan Teixeira - Last seen at the re-launch of Brazilian restaurant Bem Brasil in Altrincham. We wouldn't recognise him if he punched us in the face. Neither would most Stoke fans; he played four minutes of PL football last season.

Phil Bardsley - The writing was on the wall when Glen Johnson signed.

Valentin Roberge - Centre-half still hanging around from the disastrous Roberto De Fanti days (though he doesn't have a shirt number).

Wes Brown - "We're only going to use him if we really need him," says Dick Advocaat. We'd say you already really need him, Dick.

Ricky Alvarez - FIFA are investigating as Sunderland are really trying not to buy the Argentine international from Inter Milan for £8m.

Charis Mavrias - Winger still hanging around from the disastrous Roberto De Fanti days (though he doesn't have a shirt number).

Will Buckley - A Championship player who Gus Poyet tried to convince us was Premier League class. See also Liam Bridcutt, who has at least been making the bench.

Gerhard Tremmel - Looks like substitute geography teacher (or substitute substitute Swansea keeper).

Stephen Kingsley - Scottish left-back relegated from League One with Yeovil last season.

Dwight Tiendalli - Third-choice right-back left out of pre-season tour.

Daniel Alfei - He's 23 and has only played about three minutes of league football for Swansea.

Matt Grimes - Signed for £1.75m in January. Surely a loan beckons.

Michu - "He won't be with the squad this year," said Garry Monk, who is desperate to get the Spaniard's wages off the books. He only cost £2m, you know. Did anybody mention it when he was scoring all those goals?

Marvin Emnes - No goals in 17 Premier League minutes last season. Bizarrely still only 27.

Federico Fazio - Mauricio Pochettino wanted Mateo Musacchio; he got Fazio. A year later he's selling him to West Brom.

DeAndre Yedlin - Third-choice right-back who played once last season. He has 23 caps for the US. Yes, 23.

Alex Pritchard - He's 22 and has played just seven minutes in the PL. The time is now.

Aaron Lennon - Training with the kids this summer. How did it go so wrong?

Andros Townsend - Seemingly nailed on for Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad even though he may never play PL football again.

Emmanuel Adebayor - He didn't want to move to Aston Villa and now West Ham don't want to pay him over £100,000 a week. We can't think why not.

Giedrius Arlauskis - Keeper newly arrived from Steaua Bucharest.

Essaid Belkalem - Algerian centre-half who spent last season on loan at Trabsponsor. Literally never heard of him.

Tommie Hoban - "These are incredibly exciting times and we want to create something special here," he said before the first game of the season. He hasn't even made the bench.

Lloyd Dyer - Technically still a Premier League winger.

Connor Smith - An attacking midfielder, apparently.

Fernando Forestieri - Currently fourth-choice striker and very much available for transfer.

Sébastien Pocognoli - Belgian left-back very much available for transfer.

Christian Gamboa - "He (Tony Pulis) has always liked these two-metre tall defenders and likes to play with four centre-backs," said the titchy right-back after playing just one minute of football under the Baggies boss. He's still there. For now.

Liam O'Neil - Midfielder loaned to Scunthorpe last season.

Doneil Henry - Canadian defender who played in the Europa League against Astra. He came recommended by Ryan Nelsen, apparently.

Morgan Amalfitano - French winger training with the kids after a 'breach of rules'. You don't cross Slaven Bilic when he might actually kill you.

Section 6
at 08:25 19 Aug 2015

I am no spring chicken but pretty cool, urban and street. I sit in Churchmans.

I have to say though big up the section 6 massive. They really do add to the atmosphere at FPR.

Our four strikers are rubbish
at 08:24 19 Aug 2015

But that's what you get for £100,000. 😂😂😂😂😂
Father and son - who to support
at 10:27 14 Aug 2015

Interesting thread about who your child should support. Frank Skinner once said there are only two official rules that govern who you should support.

1. Closest distance to your place of birth.
2. Who your Dad supports.

No other reason is valid :)

I was lucky on both counts. My lad has followed both rules and now he has to suffer the same lifetime of misery and dissapointment I do. But when we get those highs it is so worth it.
Extras top scorer
at 12:06 6 Aug 2015

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha bonk
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