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Harry Redknapp quote
at 10:27 21 Apr 2017

"I think if we can stay up this year, the potential is here to build a team that next year would be looking at the play-offs,"
"It's not that difficult to put together a good team in the Championship, if you know what you're doing. You can go out and pick up players, you haven't got to spend fortunes."

TV Show help
at 14:41 28 Mar 2017

I was round the other halves family a few weeks ago and a show was about to come on that I was quite excited to watch.. Naturally the tv got changed and some other drivel was put on instead but I haven't been able to find the show I wanted to see.. I've tried all the 'on demand' platforms that I have but nothing.

Anyone watch or know of a show called 'Abandoned Architechture' or something along those lines.. If so 1) was it any good? and 2) what channel was it on?

They don't have sky so won't have been on there and it was a show looking at derelict and abandoned buildings that were once considered great architectural wonders
The Returned (Netflix show)
at 12:44 7 Mar 2017

Anyone watching it?..

I am up to episode 4 and absolutely hooked. It has really cranked up since episode 1 and looks like it could be an absolute belter of a short (10 episode) series

A drama, thriller (supposedly horror according to imdb but not particularly terrifying so far) just a lot of intrigue, suspense and twists to leave you trying to second guess what is happening.
Brett Pitman
at 10:14 6 Mar 2017

Last season I made the bold claim that Pitman was an 'upgrade' or 'better version' of McGoldrick and that we needed to move on from our obsession with McG..
Fast forward to now and I can't think of many reasons as to how I could back that up.

Pitman's injuries have come at bad times as he would have been nailed on to start a good cluster of games but when he has played regularly he hasn't ever really held down a place, even with little to no competition

He is the best finisher in the squad, but can't see him being here next season which would be a shame as for anyone else in this league he'd be worth 10-15 goals a season
With the return of Hyam
at 16:48 23 Feb 2017

Must surely spell the end of Douglas.

His contract expires at the end of the season and I can't see him getting any game time between now and then.. Especially with the promise of some of the youngsters (Nydam, Patterson etc.) getting a couple of games at the end of season.

Might not even make the bench again after Sunday, which must please a few people
When was the last time...
at 15:50 4 Feb 2017

We led at Half Time?

We don't seem to be able to score in the 1st half usually..
What time did you leave..?
at 10:05 1 Feb 2017

I wasn't able to make it last night, or listen to it for that matter.

But not being overly comfortable with the boo and berate approach I would have made my point by leaving very early, which I assume quite a few people did.

How quickly did the sparse crowd thin out? I would imagine it was one man and his dog at the end..
Teams around/below us..
at 09:11 1 Feb 2017

Who has gone and strengthened then?..

Villa - Spent a fortune (not a fair assessment when comparing us)

Bristol City - Strengthened across the board, most notable to us, their Strikers and midfield

Forest - Big Championship signings after losing Lansbury. Definitely stronger at 11pm than there were a week prior

QPR - Lots of attacking options added (Freeman, Lua Lua, Morrison, Smith etc.)

Wigan - Lots of new signings across the board, Bogle being of particular interest to us but some other interesting names that look like good signings at this stage.

Wolves - Spent big and bought in some quality. Looks like a very decent window for them

There are a few below us that have added and frustratingly in areas we have been so desperately lacking.. Potential for us to really slide down the table if new signings have an impact
Jerome Sinclair
at 16:23 31 Jan 2017

Signed on loan at Birmingham..

Another striker we were supposedly interested in signing has gone elsewhere.

The pool of options is beginning to thin out slightly.
Matty Taylor Signs..
at 16:12 31 Jan 2017

...For Bristol City

Sky Sports reporting:

"Matty Taylor has left Bristol Rovers to join...Bristol City.

The striker has joined for an undisclosed fee and becomes the first player to move directly from Rovers to City since 1987."
Omar Bogle
at 16:00 31 Jan 2017

Bids in for him according to Sky Sports..

"Wigan have made a £750,000 offer for Grimsby striker Omar Bogle, according to Sky sources.

We understand the fee could rise to £1m with add-ons for the current leading scorer in Sky Bet League Two.

Grimsby have already rejected three bids in the region of £850,000 for the striker."

Not sure if we are in the picture or not.. Though the prices being mentioned should mean that we are.
Danny Ward latest..
at 13:54 27 Jan 2017

According to Sky Sports anyway...

"We understand Rotherham have turned down a fourth bid for striker Danny Ward. The bid is over £2m and is from a Championship club.

Rotherham currently have three bids on the table for players as they look to strengthen their squad.

It is understood they have had three bids turned down for Grimsby striker Omar Bogle."
Interail Europe..
at 11:12 27 Jan 2017

Anyone done it?

Recommendations or things to avoid?

Thinking of spending 3 weeks later in the year for our honeymoon as there are so many places in Europe that I haven't seen and and would rather a busy 'trip' than a beach holiday

Currently thinking of flying to Berlin then doing main stops of Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Ljubljana.. Possibly finishing in Venice (for other half) and getting a cheap flight back.
Leon Best
at 10:00 18 Jan 2017


Surely he was drinking in the 'Last Chance Saloon' last night, at any other club he wouldn't be getting a look in again, but we are so woefully short of options.

Looked uninterested for the majority of the time on the pitch and was slow to react to absolutely everything.

I know it's a thankless task playing the lone striker role for us, but I'm not sure he gave their defence anything to think about and probably won't have many easier 90 minutes than that all season
My review
at 09:53 18 Jan 2017

Having not been much this season I though I would make the trip to see if we really have been that bad and whether the atmosphere is as bad as has been reported.. hopefully providing an unbiased rating..

Gerken - 6 | Other than his kicking, didn't do much wrong. Got dog's abuse from some fans, which is unacceptable
Emmanuel - 5 | Started ok, atleast wanted the ball, but look shot of any confidence or ideas when he got it
Chambers - 4 | Another who got abuse from fans, but never looked comfortable & took too many easy options of row z or down the channel
Berra - 3 | Harsh score perhaps, but possibly the worst performance I've seen of him or any CB for number of years, was completely bullied by their fat lump and looked like bambi on ice when in possession, the least 'technical' player we have.
Digby - 4 | Started ok, looked like he wanted to pass it out rather than hoof, but without many options got progressively worse as the game went on
Knudsen - 4 | Willing runner, just not got enough quality and looked completely short of confidence or belief when in possession.
Skuse - 3 | Might as well not have been on the pitch, game passed him by completely
Douglas - 4 | Willing runner, but never able to put a glove on their midfield and again, the game passed him by (although there were 2 occasions when he was the only player running beyond the striker, although at far too slow a pace)
Ward - 5 | Same as JE, started ok but looked so short of confidence & belief, probably should have stayed on longer
Lawrence - 5 | Looked ok 1st half, but Not sure he had more than 5 touches in 2nd half.
Best - 3 | May as well have left his pyjamas on as he looked like he'd just rolled out of bed, barring 2 or 3 decent touches he was so slow to react & offered practically nothing

Subs - 4 | Not sure they had many touches

There were plenty of things to be embarrassed about, the overall performance as well as a couple of things that stuck out: Skuse (unchallenged) lazily trying to lob the ball down the line but it coming off his two and going square into the crowd as well as Skuse laying a simple pass behind Knudsen who instantly swiveled and kicked into touch under no pressure. The match probably summed up with Digby throwing the ball straight to their unmarked player then going over and fouling him. No tempo, no desire and players desperately trying to hide.

But the most embarrassing (I thought anyway) was the abuse aimed at Gerken and Chambo in the 2nd half. I was frustrated, annoyed, embarrassed etc. etc. but other than calling for Mick "sort it out" I can't understand the need for such vitriol toward our own players. There has only been one player who deserves that and that was Chopra. There are far more things in life that infuriate me than Gerken kicking the ball out from a goal kick & the abuse he got for it was ridiculous
Bid rejected for Bogle..
at 16:21 9 Jan 2017

.. From Rotherham.

£850k apparently.

Maybe they are trying to get that deal finalised before Ward can leave..

Maybe we could cut out the middle man and just sign Bogle instead of Ward.
Supposed targets..
at 10:28 9 Jan 2017

All played at the weekend..


The only one missing was Woodrow, who hasn't been involved much at all this season..

Just shows that nothing has been, or is remotely close to being completed otherwise they wouldn't have been playing.
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